Pipavav’s USP lies in being equipped with the world class heavy engineering infrastructure and practicing of latest integrated and modular construction technology on ground
Executive Director, Business Development & Alliance Management, Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited, Debashis Bir
Debashis Bir What are your immediate and long-term interests in the defence sector (Indian navy and coast guard)?
Having emerged as an integrated defence, heavy engineering and offshore oil and gas construction company with the largest world class, state-of-the-art shipyard alongwith modern infrastructure facilities makes Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Company Limited (PDOC) the most prepared shipyard for undertaking construction of all types of Indian Naval and Indian Coast Guard ships, submarines, helicopter carriers and aircraft carriers.

The company aspires to be major player in the field of all four dimensions of defence forces, namely army, navy, air force and coast guard. The company aims to make major assets required by the defence forces in the country, with technology partners wherever necessary through the route of joint ventures. PDOC is fully capable of handling and imbibing technology transfer.

The company has already secured order from Indian Navy for design and construction of five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), Coast Guard contract for design and building of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) and another contract for design and construction of one cadet training ship is under finalisation.

PDOC has indigenously developed engagement management system for combat scenario, the user trials of which have already been witnessed by the user service.

Moreover, PDOC is in consultation with some aviation majors in the world for requirement of all defence forces in the country for various requirements of aircraft and allied weapon systems. In addition, it is also aiming entry in the aerostat and airship market to address the growing need of surveillance of our borders and as a cost effective means of transportation.

The company has also evinced interest in programmes related to indigenisation and upgradation of armour vehicles, production of military shelters and other auxiliary equipment for the use of Indian Army.

What is your shipyard’s USP which can benefit indigenous defence shipbuilding?
PDOC implemented model of parallel creation of infrastructure and induction and training of large workforce to ensure asset delivery in time. There is an established system of imbibing technology and once having learnt, the company is fully capable of developing in-house design and process engineering. Hence, the company could deliver five of the largest carriers, three offshore support vessels and several rigs in over two years of creation of infrastructure.

Pipavav’s USP lies in being equipped with the most modern technologies, world class heavy engineering infrastructure and practicing of latest integrated and modular construction technology on ground which results in large extent of pre-outfitting of vessels in block making facility and lower time periods post launching of vessels.

Due its second largest dry dock size in the world and with the assistance of two Goliath cranes, capable of lifting weights of up to 1,200T, we are able to launch simultaneously up to two Panamax bulk carriers of 74,500 DWT size and even join Giga blocks in afloat conditions.

All these uniqueness translates into high productivity, lower costs and delivery of quality ships on time to our esteemed customers. Additionally, Pipavav being located within a special economic zone, results in further cost savings due to various kinds of tax exemptions, all of which are passed down equally to both national and international clientele.

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