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Hopeful of getting order for Project 75i-Rakesh Anand, CMD, MDL
By Sushil Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 4/30/2018 3:54:52 PM
Hopeful of getting order for Project 75i-Rakesh Anand, CMD, MDL
CMD of MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (Retd.)

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited has been at the forefront of ship building to fulfill the needs of the Indian Navy. Apart from various types of ships including frigates and destroyers, MDL is also building six modern Scorpene Class submarines for the Navy. India is also looking for at least six more conventional submarines under Project 75i to be built in India with foreign collaboration. MDL has set up new infrastructure for building such submarines at Mumbai. In a special interview, the CMD of MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (Retd.) touched upon various present and future projects and planning of the company. Here are some important excerpts-

With the launching/commissioning of 3 of 6 Kalvari class submarines, what is the launching schedule ?

Boat 3 (Karanj) launching was completed on 31 Jan ’18 & Harbour Acceptance Trials are in progress. Joining of Boat 4 is likely to be completed shortly. Boats 5 & 6 are at an advanced Engineering / structural outfitting. The Boats will be launched/ commissioned post completion of trials with 01 year interval between successive Boats. Naming of Boats 4 to 6 will be undertaken during launching ceremony of the Boats.

Since DRDO developed AIP for P75 is yet to be cleared for integration and the P75 is nearing completion, do you think all the present 6 Kalvari class subs will go without AIPs or do you have any plan B in this regard?

All the present 6 Kalvari class submarines will go without AIPs considering the constraints in timelines of Boats. However, AIPs can be installed during refit cycle of the same boats at an appropriate time.  Further, installation of AIPs will be explored for future submarine projects.

After completion of the P75, how MDL is poised for getting P75 I project and how hopeful are you in getting this project?

MDL has augmented infrastructure Viz. New Wet basin, Cradle Assembly Shop (CAS) and Submarine Section Assembly (SSA) workshop with an investment of approx. Rs 1000 Cr. in anticipation of future submarine orders including P 75 I project. The pressure hull fabrication facilities are lying idle since Dec ’12 as  all pressure hull fabrication works were completed & due to lack of further submarine orders. Further, structural outfitting for all remaining Boats is also nearing completion and hence associated facilities are underutilized. With rich experience of skilled & trained manpower for conventional submarine building & readily availability of infrastructure, MDL is hopeful to get P 75 I order.

With limited facilities and sea depth issues at the present MDL facilities, what steps have to taken to develop new facilities around Mumbai? 

Apart from forming a dedicated sea channel from MDL to MBPT/ open sea, MDL has embarked upon the development of many infrastructure projects & new facilities around Mumbai. These include a Greenfield shipbuilding facility at Nhava Yard across the creek, conversion of wet basin into a dry dock, second assembly line for submarines and handshaking with private shipyards.

What is the status of other ship building projects of MDL and what are the future plans? 

MDL is constructing 4 Destroyers under Project 15B and 4 Frigates under Project 17A. Under Project 15B, 2 destroyers viz. Visakhapatnam and Mormugao have already been launched and are at advanced stages of outfitting. The third destroyer is scheduled to be launched next year. Production activity for 2 frigates under Project 17A has also commenced.

Can you please share about the financial health of the company and status of your order book? 

* MDL has performed exceedingly well during last FY 2016-17. During the year, MDL achieved Profit Before Tax Rs 848 Cr and Value of Production Rs 3524 Cr with MOU rating “Very Good”. Dividend paid to the Government was Rs 165.41 Cr (66.43%) Current year performance is expected to be better with higher VOP achievement. Interim dividend Rs. 180 Cr. is paid by the Company to Government of India.

* MDL’s current order book position is Rs. 45,431 Cr for the major warship platforms i.e. P75 Submarines, P15B Destroyers & P17A Frigates. This will be executed up to 2025.

What is the progress in dredging of sea from MDL to Naval dockyard and how the delay in deepening the sea may impact on your functioning and projects?

Capital Dredging of the channel will be undertaken post receipt of MOEF clearance, and the same is being actively pursued. Currently, the delay in completion of the dredged channel is being circumvented by suitable alternate means.

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