GRSE Widens its Horizons in Shipbuilding

By Editor 03-Feb-2021

Having strong track record and experience of building and delivering variety of warships, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), Kolkata, is now focussing on tapping export potential towards its aspiration of becoming global player in warship building. “As the company continues to raise its bar, the ace shipbuilder has set sail towards a growth trajectory with incorporation of latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics in various areas of operations to improve internal efficiencies and profit margins,” said Rear Admiral V K Saxena IN (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE.

Committed to self-reliance in maritime security, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), Kolkatta, has launched its first P17A indigenous Advanced Stealth Frigate ahead of schedule in December. The first of the three Stealth Frigates under Project 17A ships `Himgiri’, made her first contact with the waters of Hoogly River at the launch ceremony on 14 December.

Being a Miniratna Category 1, GRSE has so far added 105 warships to the fleet country’s Maritime Forces. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19, the launch of latest frigate was done two months ahead of the schedule, underlining the capability of the shipyard to overcome challenges. With the Chinese naval power rapidly growing in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the multi-role P-17A ships will have a critical role to play in the international maritime scenario.

GRSE was awarded its largest and most prestigious contract for construction of three Stealth Frigates under Project 17A by Ministry of Defence at a cost of Rs 19293 Crs. P17A ships are state-of-the-art Guided Missile Frigates. Each of these ships 149 m long, will have deep displacement of 6670 T and speed of 28 knots. These ships would be the most powerful frigates in arsenal of Indian Navy packed with capabilities to tackle threats from all three dimensions, air, surface and sub-surface with their potent state-of-the-art weapons and sensors fit.

“GRSE, a leading warship building company in the country, delivered its first indigenous warship – INS Ajay, in 1961. Primarily catering to the shipbuilding requirements of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard, GRSE has established well proven capabilities for in-house ship design and construction. It has made noteworthy contribution to the success of indigenous warship construction programme of the nation,” said Rear Admiral V K Saxena IN (Retd.), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE.

From building Fast Attack Crafts to the world class Frigates across its three production locations, GRSE has emerged as a leading shipyard in India. In addition to its shipbuilding capabilities, GRSE is also engaged in engineering and engine production. The engineering division manufactures pre-fabricated portable steel bridges, deck machinery items and marine pumps.

GRSE has built around 780 platforms which include 106 warships to Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Government of Mauritius which is highest number of warships built and delivered by any shipyard in the country. From building 05-ton boats to 24600-ton Fleet Tanker, with 90% Indigenous content on ASW Corvettes & LCUs projects for Indian Navy, GRSE has proved its mettle as a pioneer warship builder of the nation.

“To increase the shipyard’s capacity to build 20 ships concurrently in reduced time frame, the company undertook Infrastructure Modernisation and has established Modular Integrated Construction Facility. We are moving forward with its plans to further modernize GRSE’s Marine Infrastructure over next 3-4 years, to enhance its capacity to build 24 ships concurrently,” Saxena said.

GRSE has diversified into engineering business with a product profile of Pre-fabricated Steel Bridges. Bailey Bridge Unit of the shipyard is engaged in design, fabrication and installation of bailey bridges at far flung areas and terrain in India and abroad. 

The Design R&D Unit of GRSE has been recognised for its capabilities by Dept. of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, and Govt. of India. A state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Lab has also been commissioned to assist in virtual walk through for better design appreciation by the designers and the customers.

“Having strong track record and experience of building and delivering variety of warships, GRSE is now focussing on tapping export potential towards its aspiration of becoming global player in warship building. As the company continues to raise its bar, the ace shipbuilder has set sail towards a growth trajectory with incorporation of latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics in various areas of operations to improve internal efficiencies and profit margins,” Saxena added.

With the healthy order book of Rs 26189 Crores for construction of 15 warships for Indian Navy coupled with implementation of several capacity and efficiency improvement measures, GRSE is looking for substantial growth in revenue from operations in coming years.