Kochi, Oct 12 (UNI) Chief Surveyor with the Union Government and Additional Director General of Shipping (Engineering) Ajoy Chatterjee today urged the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) to form more joint ventures with foreign companies to increase production and remain updated with international standards in ship building.
Addressing a gathering at a ship launch function at CSL here, he said ''joint ventures and formation of a consortium of small groups would enable the yard to increase international share in ship building.'' Mr Chatterjee said CSL should undertake building of large ships to get the advantages of labour productivity and economies of large scale operations. The yard would be able to get steel at a discounted rate if they go in for construction of large ships.
''With the concerted efforts of its employees, CSL should come of age and become the leading ship building yard of the country in 2008-09,'' he said.
To produce more skilled personnel in this sector, he urged the yard to consider setting up a centre, which would provide in-depth training in ship building skills.
Earlier, CSL launched the sixth Bulk Carrier, under construction for Clipper Group in Denmark, and fifth Platform Supply Vessel for Deep Sea Supply in Norway. The Bulk Carrier, designed and built as a single screw diesel engine, was the last in the series of six ships being built for the Denmark company.
CSL had further orders to build 16 Platform Supply ships for various ship owners and the prestigious Air Defence Ship for the Indian Navy was also being constructed at the yard.