India's First Ever Maritime Cluster to Enhance Shipbuilding in Goa

BY Tiya Chatterji December 9, 2019

The Goan shipping industry partners have joined hands to form the Goa Maritime Cluster, which aims at pooling of resources in manufacturing an al inclusive maritime facility. This will cater to design, manufacture and allied service for the shipping industry.This idea was seeded by Dr. Malini Shanker and progressed under the leadership of Shri Amitabh Kumar , DG shipping India.

This facility will be one of its kind; the first maritime cluster in India. This initiative is supported by the Directorate General of shipping. Expressing his views to Littoral wind in an exchange; the director of Mandovi Drydocks Atrey Swant said, "Formation of maritime clusters will give a boost to the shipbuilding industry in Goa. It will help the shipbuilders to build vessels faster, with better efficiency and quality. It will also help to develop the ancillary industry which is the key to success of shipbuilding and ship repairs."

The stakeholders require a land of about 15,000sqm at Verna and the centre will provide a one-time grant to setup the common manufacturing and design facility. The Goa government is likely to contribute to this facility by bearing 10% of the setup cost. "More than 38 Goan MSME shipbuilding sector companies came together to form the special purpose vehicle (SPV) which has been incorporated as Western Shipbuilding Pvt. Ltd", stated the director general. He also serves as the director of Western Shipbuilding Private Limited along with Vijai marine Shipyard's Suraj Jairam Dialani.

Such a cluster will give a big boost to the MSME and ship-building sectors, the Goa chief minister said, adding that the government has already identified the land. "The state government is in talks with Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) for its help in setting up a maritime cluster," he told reporters. A senior official said the cluster is planned in south Goa under the Sagarmala project. The move is aimed at tapping the coastal state's potential as a ship-building hub.