Building on its long record of warship construction for the Indian Navy, Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) (Stand N6-110) is now looking to grow its international business after capturing a first export order from the Mauritius Coast Guard. The company sees the main potential in Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America.
Since delivering INS Ajay in 1961, GRSE has completed more than 90 ships for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. These include frigates, antisubmarine warfare corvettes, missile corvettes, tankers, landing ships, fast attack craft, survey vessels and offshore patrol vessels.
GRSE’s facilities are spread across seven units over an area of 176 acres, and the shipyard has recently completed a modernisation project introducing facilities to enable more efficient modular build. This has created a state-of- the-art shipbuilding plant comprising a 10,000-ton dry dock, a 4,500-ton 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 250-ton capacity Goliath crane (main picture).
In addition, GRSE has become the first Indian shipyard to integrate a carbon composite superstructure with a steel hull, resulting in greater ship stability and a reduction in weight.
The investment in upgraded facilities has paved the way for GRSE to execute the construction of three Project 17A stealth frigates to a tight schedule.
In addition, following the delivery of the first two Project 28 Kamorta-class ASW corvettes to the Indian Navy, GRSE has now successfully completed contractor’s sea trials and a final machinery trial for the third ship of the class.