Aiming to tap the state’s potential as a shipbuilding hub, the government has planned to set up a maritime cluster in South Goa which will support the local blue economy comprising of private shipyards and small marine units.
Disclosing the construction of a cluster “soon”, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the government has already identified land and is in talks with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to set up the maritime cluster.
He said that the cluster will create jobs for Goans, as it will enhance the prospects of the 43-odd maritime units, which are a part of the state’s blue economy.
“There is huge employment potential in vessel construction and local units must grab work from ancillary jobs created out of large naval orders,” said the Chief Minister, speaking at the GSL-CII Business Partner Meet 2019, organised by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Vasco and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Goa.
He explained that the maritime cluster is a part of the Sagarmala project of the Centre and said that it will enable Goan marine units to contribute to the Centre’s Make in India programme.
The business partner meeting, Vendor Development: Future Opportunities in Shipbuilding and Defence,
was held between officials of GSL and owners of local shipyards and several units undertaking ancillary works for GSL.
Stating that GSL is facing a huge shortage of vendors for execution of several projects on hand, chairman and managing director of GSL Cmde B B Nagpal urged local units to register as vendors with the shipyard. He said that GSL is getting lot of work and needs vendors urgently in areas such as painting, sand-blasting, electricians, outfitting works etc.
“GSL has capital expenditure of over Rs 30,000 crore over the next few years and has several large orders on hand. It means that there is a lot of opportunity for local shipyards,” said Cmde Nagpal.
The one-day business partner meeting included technical sessions, attended by GSL officials heading quality control and design departments. GSL also opened a counter to facilitate units to register as vendors.
Earlier, during the programme, Ashok V Chowgule, past chairman, CII Western Region, spoke about the growth of the Goan shipping industry and its future.
Atreya Sawant of Mandovi Drydocks, Vasco, said that focus on indigenisation by government shipyards such as GSL will open avenues for Goan shipping companies and develop the local shipbuilding industry.