Setting the ball rolling for creation of new generation vessels, Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony commissioned the first and second phases of Goa Shipyard Limited’s (GSL) Infrastructure Modernisation Project on May 21, 2011. Completed at a cost of Rupees 400 crores, the project will boost the ship lift facility and piers, two repair berths and transfer area at the premier defence shipyard. Raksha Mantri, laid the foundation stone for the 3rd and 4th phases of GSL’s modernisation project.
This event coincided with Mrs Elizabeth Antony, wife of the Raksha Mantri launching the third in the series of Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels indigenously designed and built by GSL for the Indian Navy. The 1st and 2nd phase modernisation programme of the GSL has been completed in a record time of 28 months since the foundation stone was laid by Mr Antony on January 21, 2009. The four-phasedmodernisation plan, with a budget of `800 crores, aims at creating capacity in the shipyard for the production of cutting edge technology warships.
It aims at creating new facilities and infrastructure whilst augmenting existing facilities in order to achieve the qualitative and quantitative objectives of building and delivering quality ships at competitive cost with shorter construction periods, increased capacity, product mix and shortened delivery times. Once completed, it will substantially augment the yard’s capacity to fabricate and construct steel, aluminum and GRP hull vessels to nearly three times.