Oilfield vessel focus for new Gujarat shipyard

Vol 19, PW 9 (14 Jan 16) Midstream & Downstream

You wouldn’t think it’s a logical progression from making saris to shipbuilding, but that’s just what the Surat-based Laxmipati Group is doing with it plans to set up a shipbuilding and repair yard at Suva Village in the Bharuch district of Gujarat.

Group company Siddhi Vinayak Shipping wants to manufacture oil industry support vessels at the proposed yard, including Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs) to handle anchors for offshore oil rigs, Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTSV), Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) to transport goods and personnel to offshore oil platforms and harbour tugs used to assist large ships on arrival and departure at ports. On December 17 the company delivered a detailed presentation to the environment ministry asking for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance.

When contacted, a Siddhi Vinayak source said the company built aluminium hulls for 12 boats for L&T at its Hazira yard between 2012 and 2015. “We feel the ship repair and building business is promising,” he says.

“So we’re going for our own yard and want to begin construction as soon as we get CRZ clearance.” He adds the first phase of the project will take 12 months at a cost of Rs50cr ($7.5m) and that the shipyard will repair and maintain mid-sized vessels such as barges, tugs, port craft and supply vessels weighing up to 5000 deadweight tonnes but not exceeding 110 metres length.