Cochin: Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) is exploring avenues for establishing a shipyard at Tuna Kandla port, in Gujarat.
The Indian government owned shipbuilder has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from global entities to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study, as also the economic viability, of setting up a shipyard on the 310 hectares of land available at the inter-tidal region of Tuna.
The project consultants will be charged with studying soil conditions and making other required investigations to establish the suitability of setting up the project. They will also be expected to prepare a preliminary analysis regarding the market potential of shipbuilding and shiprepair on the country’s upper west coast.
If all works well, CSL will put up dry docks and allied facilities to cater to the building and repair demands of vessels up to very large crude carrier (VLCC) size. The company is willing to go up to accommodating ultra large crude carriers (ULCC), if the consultants so recommend.
The feasibility of setting up ancillary industries in connection with shipbuilding or repair, and shipbreaking, is also to be explored.