Cochin Shipyard Ltd. (CSL) is a PSU enjoying “Miniratna” status and the largest public sector shipyard in India in terms of dock capacity, as of March 31, 2015, according to the CRISIL Report. CSL caters to clients engaged in the defense sector in India and clients engaged in the commercial sector worldwide. In addition to shipbuilding and ship repair, it also offers marine engineering training. As of May 31, 2017, the company has two docks – dock number one, primarily used for ship repair (“Ship Repair Dock”) and dock number two, primarily used for shipbuilding (“Shipbuilding Dock”). CSL’s Ship Repair Dock is one of the largest in India and enables it to accommodate vessels with a maximum capacity of 125,000 DWT and Shipbuilding Dock can accommodate vessels with a maximum capacity of 110,000 DWT.
Now CSL is in the process of constructing a new dock, a ‘stepped’ dry dock (“Dry Dock”). This stepped dock will enable longer vessels to fill the length of the dock and wider, shorter vessels and rigs to be built or repaired at the wider part. It is also in the process of setting up an International Ship Repair Facility (“ISRF”), which includes setting up a shiplift and transfer system. In the last two decades, company has built and delivered vessels across broad classifications including bulk carriers, tankers, Platform Supply Vessels (“PSVs”), Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (“AHTSs”), launch barges, tugs, passenger vessels and Fast Patrol Vessels (“FPVs”). The company is currently building India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (“IAC”) for the Indian Navy. It has also grown ship repair operations and is the only commercial shipyard to have undertaken repair work of Indian Navy’s aircraft carriers, the INS Viraat and INS Vikramaditya.