Having built 96 ships including frigates and corvettes for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard since 1961, state-owned Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE, Hangar 5, Stand CE10-15), delivered its first export order, the offshore patrol vessel CGS Barracuda, to the Mauritius Coast Guard at the end of 2014. Following this success, GRSE is making a determined foray into the export market, focusing on the developing nations of the Far East, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Its offers include fast attack craft, offshore and inshore patrol vessels, landing ships and tankers, for which the company claims keen interest from a number of countries.
GRSE has also diversified into pre-fabricated steel bridges, various deck machinery and assembly, and testing and overhaul of MTU diesel engines. Its initiatives taken to become a major shipbuilding company include upgrades in technology and infrastructure, improvements to processes, skills development, and increased focus on customer satisfaction.
GRSE acquired Raja Bagan Dockyard in July 2006 from CIWTC, to establish a dedicated facility for small ships. The shipyard has completed a modernisation project, which has created facilities comprising a 10,000-tonne dry dock, a 4,500-tonne inclined berth, and a large module hall with sliding roof for consolidation of mega-hull blocks. All three major facilities are co-located and covered by a Goliath Crane of 250-tonne capacity.
GRSE and Mazagon Dock Ltd will begin construction of seven Project 17A-class frigates for the Indian Navy from early 2017, for which the shipyards have been upgraded to incorporate modular construction techniques. The ships are expected to be launched by 2020.