India’s biggest shipbuilder under state control, Cochin Shipyard Ltd. in Kerala, is undertaking a project in association with defence sector partners to build a new dry dock at the yard to boost capacity.
M. Jitendran, chairman and managing director of Cochin Shipyard, confirmed that the port authority is in constant dialogue with potential partners in the defence sector to jointly build the new dry dock, which will add significantly to the port’s capacity. According to the port authorities, talks are also aimed at reaching a consensus about the utilization of the proposed project after its completion. The plan is to create a system whereby the port authority uses the dry dock for the first half of the year and the defence partner uses it for the remaining six months.
Technically, a dry dock is a narrow basin that can be flooded to allow a ship to be floated in and allowed to come to rest on a dry platform. Dry docks are used for construction, maintenance and repair of ships.