Pipavav Shipyard, India'slargest shipyard and rated as the world’s sixth largest shipping facility, is flush with orders and the number is growing dramatically. However, Pipavav has yet to make a debut on the delivery side though there is no definite day fixed for its first delivery.
Anil Tiku, General Manager of Pipavav Shipyard Ltd confirms that they are getting ready with a series deliveries but he would not commit on the likely date when this is likely to happen. “The first delivery will take place in the coming year” he says. He also confirmed that the company was in talks for more contracts and the deals would be clinched soon.
Pipavav’s order book boasts of 22 Panamax bulk carriers with capacity of 74,500 DWT each for delivery by 2012 to various European consortia. One of these would be of Ice Class. They have orders for six offshore support patrol vessels and contract for another 12 offshore vessels for the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) is being finalized
Recently it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for defense co-production with the Swedish group SAAB Dynamics AB, a part of Wallenberg Group. This partnership offers access to SAAB’s cutting edge technology for production in the defense and aerospace sectors. With this Pipavav Shipyard would be able to cater to the entire gamut of the defense services sector.
Pipavav also signed a protocol with Rosoboron Export State Corporation for constructing war ships under Russian collaboration, technology and supervision at its yard. Under the pact, four additional Stealth frigates will be constructed in collaboration with the Russian firm at the company’s shipyard. The agreement will help Pipavav develop technology to build frontline warships on a cost-effective basis. The agreement covers mid-life updates, dry docking repairs and modernization of submarines of Russian origin in use by the Indian navy
Pipavav Shipyard is located within the vicinity of Pipavav Port, on the West coast of India. It was initially conceived as a ship dismantling yard. For this purpose, the yard was developed with two large wet basins each measuring 680 meters length and a respective width of 60 meters and 65 meters. These are among the largest wet basins built in the world. Given its size, Pipavav Shipyard has the potential to become one of the largest shipyard complexes in the world.
Having thefirst eco-friendly dockyard facility in the world for dismantling/repairing ships its yard has achieved the distinction of being one of the five largest docks in the world and largest in the country, and will therefore be equipped to handle almost any size of ship. The project is inherited with various unique features in its design, location, facilities, size, integration, environment compliant, funding, etc.