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Cranedge - scope of work at Bharati Shipyard Ltd.

Shipbuilding in India.

Global shipbuilding investment has reached an all-time high and order books are full to the extent that International yards are refusing to accept orders for delivery before 2012. The overworked European and East Asian yards have inadvertently offered India an entry point into this lucrative market. Hence, India has started on a solid footing, with its focus on the offshore segment, followed by bulk carriers and containers, ranking it ninth by investment in the shipbuilding sector. Going by the present growth trends, the industry, with a current order book of $3.7 billion, is projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 per cent, burgeoning to $22.1 billion by 2020. Proposed capacity additions by various shipyards are expected to move the country up in the global rankings and India can surely compete on costs and deliver quality ships on schedule by leveraging its vast pool of skilled manpower.

About Bharati Shipyard Ltd.

Bharati Shipyard Ltd. (BSL) is the foremost privately operated shipyard in terms of shipbuilding facilities in India. BSL has earned its reputation by constructing a large array of specialized sophisticated vessels for diverse offshore, coastal and the marine market sectors. The BSL product range includes highly maneuverable and power-packed offshore vessels including AHTS, PSVs and MSVs of varying bollard pulls, Tractor and ASD tugs, state-of-the-art dredgers, deep sea fishing vessels, cargo and container ships, tankers and Ro- Ro Vessels. Bharati has four shipyards under operation - Goa, Ratnagiri, Ghodbunder near Mumbai, and Kolkata - and has invested about $150 million. Currently BSL has an order book of about $980 million and seventy-five per cent of these orders are for export. Bharati shipyard is undertaking a Greenfield project at Dabhol spread over 300 acres of land on the banks of the river Vashishti wherein most modern infrastructural facilities for shipbuilding are being created. The Shipyard is designed by First Marine International of UK. The yard will have capacity to build among other vessels, Jack-up Drill Rigs, Offshore Structures and ships up to 100,000 DWT. For this, BSL had purchased a shipbuilding yard from Swan Hunter (NE) Ltd., Newcastle, UK with all equipment in as-is-where-is condition and moved it to their new site in Dabhol. Swan Hunter (NE) Ltd. is a renowned shipbuilder in Europe existing since 1880, operating out of a 40 acre yard in Wallsend, on the banks of the river Tyne. The yard is now owned by the North Tyneside Council and shipbuilding activities have ceased there. However, Swan Hunter continues to provide engineering, design and management support to the shipbuilding and offshore industry.

A new challenge for Cranedge

Shortly before the summer of 2010, Cranedge received a request from BSL, who needed an allencompassing solution to erect and commission two used cranes that had been procured by them. The Cranedge team held an internal review and planned their visit to Dabhol on the Konkan coast where Bharati Shipyard Ltd. is located. The equipment, which included 7 cranes had been in storage for 10 months and initially BSL required Cranedge to refurbish and erect two 55/10.10 MT Morris make EOT cranes. As a first step to erecting the cranes, team Cranedge proposed to undertake a detailed health check up of the cranes, constituting an inspection of mechanical and electrical assemblies. This approach was immediately accepted by the BSL senior management. The inspection and health check up of the cranes was conducted over a seven-day period and on 8 June, 2010, the Cranedge team submitted a report along with an offer for the overhauling along with various components which needed to be replaced. The report recommended cleaning, servicing and lubrication of all the major components such as gearboxes and motors of both cranes. Electricals and the electrical panel were to be refurbished and several components such as limit switches, cable trolleys and wire ropes which were either damaged or missing were to be replaced. In addition to these corrective measures, the report also suggested the addition of features such as gravity limit switches, radio remote controls and anti-collision devices to the cranes. Impressed by the Cranedge approach, BSL entrusted Cranedge to supply all the parts and spares required to bring the cranes into operational readiness. Once the initial order had been executed to BSL's satisfaction, they engaged ElecrtoMech to refurbish the remaining 5 cranes, certainly making us partners in their progress.