The Government urged to reduce procedural bottlenecks

Bharati Shipyard Ltd is currently building five ships at its manufacturing facility in Gurupur, said Pavithran A, Additional General Manager (Production and Engineering), Bharati Shipyard Ltd.

Speaking on “Ship-building in India – challenges and opportunities” hosted by The Institution of Engineers, Mangalore Local centre and the Institution of Valuers, Mangalore branch, in the city on Tuesday, he said that the ships under construction at the 90 acre-yard in Gurupur include two ships (of 78 m height and 1,800 tonnes) for Germany, two (of 105 m height and 2,900 tonnes) for Norway and one for Brazil. Together, the ships cost Rs.1,200 crore and they have to be delivered by 2011-12. A medium-sized ship destined for Europe for use in oil rigs costs Rs.300 to Rs.400crore, he said.

“The Government has to be friendlier to the ship-building industry,” said Mr. Pavithran. The industry has to get clearances from various departments. Customs bonding and movement of goods between the bonded and non bonded areas is also fraught with procedures, he added.

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