Defence Minister A K Antony will be commissioning the country’s first ship lift system in defence shipbuilding yards when he inaugurates the infrastructural modernization of Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on 21st May.
The modernization facilities set up at a cost of Rs. 400 will enhance GSL’s infrastructure by providing two additional repair berths, transfer area, ship lift piers along with ship lift facility, which is the first of its kind in India.
Commissioning of the ship lift facility is synchronized with the launching of the third vessel n the series of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels indigenously designed and being built by GSL for the Indian Navy.
While the foundation stone for this phase of GSL’s modernization was laid on 21st January 2009, Antony will now lay the foundation stone for the third and fourth phase of the plant’s modernization projects.
The modernization of GSL is aimed at giving the yard cutting edge technology and once fully completed will result in a substantial augmentation of GSL’s capacity to fabricate or construct steel, aluminum and GRP hull vessels to nearly three times the present yard capacity according to the company’s officials.