New Hooghly Cochin Shipyard aims to serve inland water transport sector
Mr Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways & AYUSH, dedicated the newly built state-of-the-art ship building facility of Hooghly Cochin Shipyard Ltd (HCSL), at Nazirgunge, Howrah, West Bengal, to the nation on August 16, 2022. The Rs 180 crore facility is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cochin Shipyard Ltd, a PSE under the Ministry.
“This will provide a great boost in meeting the requirements of new generation, high technology, greener vessels to propel further growth in inland water transport along the National Waterways. This will also be great impetus to water transport connectivity to the North-Eastern states,” said Mr Sonowal.
HCSL aims to position itself as a lead player in inland waterway vessel construction in the country. It will serve the inland water transport sector by construction of inland water vessels for transport of men and material along and across the National Waterways, mainly Ganga (NW1) and Brahmaputra (NW2). HCSL will also aid in the indigenous construction of green vessels including hybrid and pure electric operated vessels, said a release.
Source: Exim News Service: Kolkata, Aug. 17