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Garden Reach eyes more export orders

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KOCHI: After bagging its first overseas contract to build an offshore patrol vessel for the Mauritius Police, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), a mini-ratna PSU, is now awaiting government clearance to secure more lucrative export orders for amphibious vessels.

“We've had enquiries from some African countries and East Asian nations for bigger ships with capability for amphibious operations. For Landing Ship Tanks (LST) that can carry troops and can be used for rescue operations and eviction of citizens when there is a natural calamity... We are waiting for the government go-ahead in this regard. Maybe, we will get it in the next few months,” GRSE Chairman and Managing Director Read Admiral (retd) K. C. Sekhar told this correspondent here on Wednesday. He was in town in connection with the commissioning of the GRSE-built Fast Attack Craft (FAC) INS Kabra.

Garden Reach, he said, was also in talks with the Navy for the contract to build seven stealth frigates under project 17A.

Also in the pipeline for the shipyard was a follow-on order, to be executed together with the Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), for over 120 fast interceptor boats for the coastal police, he said.

The company's turnover crossed the Rs.1,000-crore mark last financial year.  The Rs.600-crore modernisation programme would be completed by March next.

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