VISAKHAPATNAM: Keels for three vessels were laid at a simple ceremony at Hindustan Shipyard Limited on Saturday.
The keel of 50 tonne bullard pull tug was laid by Visakhapatnam Port Trust Chairman Ajeya Kallam. HSL Chairman and Managing Director Naresh Kumar and senior officials of VPT and the shipyard were present.
The keel of the second 50 tonne bollard pull tug also being built for VPT was laid by HSL Deputy General Manager B.S.K. Bhakta.
HSL has so far built nine tugs out of which four were constructed for VPT.
The shipyard has built one 32 tonne bollard pull tug for New Mangalore Port Trust, which will be delivered next month.
The keel for a 53,000 DWT bulk carrier being built for Chennai-based Goodearth Maritime Ltd (GML) was laid by HSL DGM (personnel) T. Sai Prasad.
A HSL release said the yard was also floating the first 53,000 DWT bulk carrier for GML.
A total of six such ships are on order and the remaining four will be built in two years. HSL has completed the construction of the last 30,000 DWT vessel scheduled for sea trials in April.
One pollution control vessel completed sea trials last week and will be handed over to VPT next week.
The economic slowdown notwithstanding, HSL’s productivity has increased manifold with the construction of several vessels.
The management is hoping to get more orders for construction of ships from the Ministry of Defence.