According to Cdr HC Dhamija, DGM and head design engineering, Mazgaon Docks, the market potential for the C&I industry in defence shipbuilding industry is promising.
While making a presentation at the CII here late last week, Cdr Dhamija said, “the types of vessels being built at the three defence shipyards - the Mazgaon Docks, Mumbai, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata, and the Goa Shipyard, account for an estimated order value of Rs 20,000 crore”. In addition to this, the cost of other major defence contracts such as the indigenous aircraft carrier, to be built at the Kochi Shipyard, has been estimated at Rs 6,000 crore.
The different vessels required by the shipbuilding industry include frigates, corvettes, landing ships, fast attack crafts, survey vessels, and coast guard ships.
The scope for supplying instruments and equipment for defence shipbuilding by the C&I sector is tremendous as most of these are not available indigenously at present.
The various types of instruments and equipment required for shipbuilding include gas turbines, shafting and propellers, diesel alternators, steering gears and auto pilots, sea water and fuel oil pumps, fire-fighting systems, and navigation lighting and communication systems, among others.
Along with this, the industry could also supply design, and the process of implementation for turnkey solutions as a lot of equipment are imported now, he suggested. Thus, the interface of local C&I system with integrated ships and machinery system is required, he said, adding however, the reliability of operation, ruggedness in construction, accuracy and compactness, suitability for marine environments, high resistance to underwater shocks and vibrators are some of the essential features which the industry must adhere to while supplying their products to the defence industry.
Cdr Dhamija further underlined the need for closer interaction between this industry and the defence sector.