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The Kattupalli Shipyard cum Captive Port Complex is a large shipyard project at Kattupalli village near Ennore of Chennai being built by L&T Shipbuilding Ltd. It is being set up jointly by TIDCO and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in two phases.

In terms of cargo generation, the terminal is located close to the majority of Container Freight stations in Chennai. The Kattupalli development also includes a shipyard being developed by L&T, a private sector–backed development.

It is planning to compete with Japanese and Korean shipyards in building "specialised ships," such as large-size warships, car carriers, submarines, naval offshore patrol vessels, fast patrol vessels and corvettes. After Colombo and Singapore, Kattupalli will be the third major international destination for ship repairs in the region.[2]
The yard will offer 5,000 ground slots and a CFS is also planned as part of the service package. Access to the terminal on the marine side is via a 3.5 km-long channel and port basin offering a draft of 14 m—the draft capability is such that it provides for projected increases in southern Asian container trade. It also provides for the future possibility of mainline Asia–Europe vessels making a stop in southern India, which has been mooted as a distinct possibility by certain analysts. Kattupalli’s North and South breakwaters, which together total 3.35 km, ensure a safe harbour and uninterrupted terminal operations.

The yard has 3 rail-mounted quayside cranes (RMQCs) (arrived at the port in December 2011 from China), 15 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGCs), two reach stackers and 420 reefer plug points. In 12 April 2012, the yard received Zhen Hua 20, a heavy lift vessel, with three more RMQCs to be installed at the second berth.[4]

When fully completed, it will be the largest shipyard in Asia. [6] Once operational, the shipyard will become a nucleus for heavy engineering industry (fabrications and components manufacturing).[7] This would make Chennai a hub for engineering components. The project is being implemented in two phases with a total investment of about 46,750 million. 30,500 million will be invested in Phase I (2009–11), and the rest in Phase II (2012–15). MoU has been signed and the project has commenced.[8]

Proposed facilities

The Kattupalli yard is mainly built for making warships and to augment the existing capacity at Hazira in Gujarat for sub-marines. A draft of up to 14 m and a waterfront exceeding 2.2 km makes the facility well suited to building large defence ships.
The Integrated shipyard complex will have the following facilities:

Commercial ship building including very large cargo carriers; specialized cargo ships for liquid/gas transportation and cruise vessels

Building of defense ships including submarines

Off-shore platforms and floating production-cum-storage facility for oil and gas sector

Refitting and re-engineering of commercial and defence ships

Heavy engineering fabrication and components production for ship building.

At the yard, encompassing 1,250 acres, L&T has also commissioned facilities to build offshore platforms, drilling rigs and FPSOs (floating production, storage and offloading unit), besides a minor port which can handle container ships. A 18,000-tonne shiplift is being installed at the yard.

 



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