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A view of one of the docks at the Cochin shipyard
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) is the largest shipyard in Indiamarker located at Kochimarker, Keralamarker. The city of Kochi was formerly known as Cochin.

Cochin Shipyard was incorporated in 1972 as a Government of India company, with the first phase of facilities coming online in 1982. In the last three decades the company has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian shipbuilding industry. This yard has facilities to build vessels up to 1.1 Million tons and repair vessels up to 1.25 Million tons, the largest such facilities in Indiamarker.

The shipyard also trains graduate engineers in Marine Engineering. Around hundred students are trained each year.

Ship Building

The first ship to roll out of the Cochin Shipyard was the MV Rani Padmini in 1981.

The yard has delivered two of India’s largest double hull Aframax tanker each of .

CSL has secured shipbuilding orders from internationally renowned companies from Europe and the Middle East. The shipyard is building six bulk carriers for Clipper Group of the Bahamasmarker and the first three vessels have been launched.

Eight platform supply vessels for Sea Tanker Management Co Ltd, Norwaymarker are also under construction.

CSL is also building the Indian Navy’s first indigenous Vikrant class aircraft carrier. Work on the 40,000 tons carrier commenced in February 2009.

Ship Repair

The shipyard started offering ship repair services in 1982 and has undertaken upgrades and repairs for all types of ships including ships for the oil exploration industry as well as scheduled maintenance and life extension for ships of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, UTL, Fisheries and Cochin Port Trust, SCI & ONGC. It has performed major overhauls for the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat.

Recently CSL bagged major maintenance and upgrade orders from ONGC. This included major overhaul of three rigs, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Sagar Vijay, Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Sagar Bhushan and Jackup Rig Sagar Kiran.

Upcoming ventures

Cochin Shipyard is to build India’s first indigenuous Aircraft Carrier. The keel for the vessel was laid at the Cochin Shipyard on February 28, 2009.

References

  1. CSL launches three new vessels



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