India will soon be making world-class dredgers as the state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has decided to partner with Royal IHC, world’s largest dredger maker, for manufacturing of dredgers in the country.
Last Wednesday CSL signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and Royal IHC to make high capacity dredgers in India.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya, in Delhi, according to a release by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
“As part of Government of India’s thrust on Blue Economy, there is an ever-increasing demand to develop and maintain existing major ports, building new ports, offshore resource exploration, deployment of ultra-mega-size vessels, promotion of tourism, and beach nourishment. Considering India’s vast coastline of over 7,500 km along the east and west coasts this would in turn lead to significant dredging in the country. This partnership will help the country grow,” Mandaviya said.