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India shipyard signs deal for building ocean-going vessel for Guyana

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Photo: GRSE, an Indian Defence Public Sector Undertaking shipyard.

Kolkata: One of India‘s state-run shipyards has bagged an export order from South American nation Guyana for the supply of one ocean-going passenger and cargo vessel, boosting its potential for more export orders in the days to come.

City-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) bagged the order at a cost of $12.7 million (Rs. 9.3 crore) and the contract was signed yesterday, according to a company statement today. The vessel will be built for the Harbour Department of the Ministry of Public Works, Government of Guyana.

The approximately 1,700 tons vessel is to be used on the coastal and riverine areas of Guyana, and shall be equipped with two Caterpillar Marine Diesel Engines coupled with Twin Disc Reduction Gear Boxes to achieve 15 knots speed.

GRSE has been a pioneer warship-builder of India, having delivered the highest number of warships till date, since its inception as a Defence Public Sector Undertaking in 1960.

The 106 warships built by GRSE so far range from advanced frigates to anti-submarine warfare corvettes to fleet tankers and fast attack craft, with the shipyard having many firsts to its credit including the unique achievement of having exported the first warship by an Indian shipyard, CGS Barracuda, to Mauritius.

GRSE has the capability to construct 20 ships concurrently, spread across its three production locations and having modernised its infrastructure with Modular Integrated Facility.

“This project shall further consolidate GRSE’s position as a unique shipyard with all round capability to design and build warships and vessels for export with state-of-the-art technology,” the statement said.

GRSE in the recent past has delivered 14 warships in 42 months, which clocks an average of a delivery every three months, a no mean feat. The export initiative of the shipyard have gained momentum with the award of this order and it is expected that the coming years will see a marked rise in its export order book.

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