Union Transport Minister to lay the foundation for India’s largest Dry Dock
The foundation stone for India’s largest Dry Dock will be laid by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Cochin Shipyard in Kerala The Dry Dock will give a major boost to the “Make in India” initiative under Sagarmala and raise India’s share in global shipbuilding to 2 percent. India currently occupies 0.66 percent share in the global shipbuilding market.
The new dry dock is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,799 crore. It will be 310m long, 75m wide, with a depth of 13m and drought of 9.5m. The dock will be designed to handle both shipbuilding and repairs. Equipped with this Dry Dock, Cochin Shipyard will be able to build specialized and technologically advanced large vessels like LNG Carriers, drillships, jack-up rigs, large dredgers, aircraft carriers for Indian Navy and high-end research vessels. It will also help make Cochin a one-stop maritime hub for all repair needs in South East Asia
The Transport Minister would also be launching two 500 capacity passenger vessels built by CSL for Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration on the occasion. These vessels will help enhance intra island connectivity.
Besides this, the Minister will also lay the foundation stone for three National Highways projects in Kerala, the cost of which would be about Rs 1557 crore. These would include the construction of the 18.6 km, 4 lane Thalassery – Mahe bypass (NH-66) at a cost of Rs 1181 crore, construction of 0.78 km, 4-lane Railway Over Bridge near Neeleshwaram town (NH-66) at a cost of Rs 82 crore and widening of 46.72 km from Nattukal to Thanjavur (NH-66) to two lane with paved shoulder at a cost of Rs 294 crore .
- The commercial shipbuilding industry in India is worth Rs. 3,200 crore and focuses primarily on small-medium sized offshore vessels and cargo/bulk carriers. Currently, the Cochin Shipyard has two dry docks.
- One that has a size of 255m x 43 x 9m and capacity 1,10,000 DWT is predominantly used for shipbuilding and the other one, which has a size of 270 x 45 x 12m and capacity 1,25,000 DWT, is used for ship repair.
- The new Dry Dock is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1799 crore. It will be 310 m long, 75m wide, with a depth of 13 m and drought of 9.5m.
- The dock will be designed to handle both shipbuilding and repairs and bear a load up to 600 T/m. It will be equipped with international safety standards. The dock will also have a water treatment plant and green belt development.
- The project is expected to be completed by May 2021 and it is expected to generate employment opportunities for about 2000 people.