Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), one of India's leading defence shipyards located on the west coast, has embarked on an ambitious expansion and modernisation plan. Company’s CMD Rear Admiral (retd) Vineet Bakhshi VSM, spoke to Hindustan Times on the strategic vision. Edited excerpts:
How is GSL meeting with the challenges of growth?
As one of the few Indian shipyards equipped with an in-house design capability, GSL has intensified its research and development (R&D) in the past few years.
In this process, we have developed range of products that efficiently meet the specific requirements of clients in the defence as well as commercial sectors. The focus has been in the fields of design, construction, repair and modernisation of vessels. Keeping the growing demand for patrol vessels, which will be needed to meet the exigencies of the future, currently GSL has successfully embarked on a major exercise to indigenously develop designs of various types of patrol vessels ranging from 50 to 105 meters.
What are the in-house designed products successfully launched by GSL?
A 35 knots, 50 meter fast patrol vessel is an in-house designed and proven product. Seven such vessels, designed and constructed by the yard are rendering yeoman service to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
Two 105 meter advanced offshore patrol vessels designed and constructed for the Indian Coast Guard have excelled in their performance parameters beyond the stipulated contractual requirements, winning appreciation from all quarters. The ICG has now commissioned the GSL to construct six more vessels with additional features.
At present, designs are being developed for a 75 meter multi-role patrol vessel with stealth features having low radar signature. In addition, work has also commenced on an in house design of a shallow water anti-submarine warfare craft for the Indian Navy.
What does GSL hope to achieve through modernisation project?
In keeping pace with dynamic times, GSL has now launched upon a systematic and planned modernisation programme aimed at creating new facilities and infrastructure even as existing facilities are augmented, to undertake the anticipated work load of ship construction in the years to come, including series construction of high technology ships for the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Please share some details of the modernisation project
The modernisation project, which has been planned in close association with the ministry of defence, is in four phases and will include new integrated steel fabrication facility using pre-outfitted block building concept with modular construction technique.
It will have modern workshops, dedicated building berths with shiplift and transfer system, dry repair berths, enhanced material handling and cranage facility, material stores, fitting out jetties for ship outfitting, repair ships and revamping of electrical and mechanical services and utilities among others.
The project aims at readying GSL for the manufacture of contemporary warships.