Bharati Shipyard plans shipbuilding facilities in Bengal, Orissa

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on February 16, 2011 Published on February 16, 2011

Container cargo being loaded into the vessel, Far Vizag. Photo: CV.Subrahmanyam   -  Business Line

Bharati Shipyard proposes to build more shipyards on the country's east coast, according to the Managing Director of the company, Mr Vijay Kumar. Now, the company has six shipyards, five of them on the west coast and one on the east (Kolkata).

“Depending on the availability of land, we would like to launch the proposed shipyards in West Bengal and Orissa”, Mr Kumar said here. It might be noted that Bharati, together with Apeejay Shipping, has been planning for some time to build two modern ship-building facilities on the east coast.

New ships

Mr Kumar was addressing here a function held on the occasion of the delivery of two new ships, “Emssun” and “Emssky”, built at the company's Kolkata yard.

A Dutch-German firm took the delivery of vessels for operation in the Baltic.

“This is for the first time the ships newly built in eastern India are being exported to Europe”, he observed.

Mr M.L. Meena, Chairman of the Kolkata Port Trust, urged Bharati to examine the scope of developing ship-building and ship-repairing facilities at Sagar Island where there was a proposal to develop a huge maritime complex complete with a modern port.

A spokesman of the Emssun GmbH and Emssky GmbH, the acquirers of the vessels, said four more similar vessels would be delivered from Bharati's Kolkata shipyard – two each in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The vessels, costing $11 million each, is of the capacity of 6,250 dwt (container carrying capacity of 350 TEUs).

Launched in 2006, Bharati's Kolkata yard's first delivery was a pilot vessel for the Kolkata Port Trust.

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Published on February 16, 2011
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