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Pipavav Shipyard Ltd.

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Pipavav Shipyard Limited (PSL), an integrated shipbuilding facility, is one of the largest in Asia. The shipyard complex is located on the South Western coast of Gujarat, about 130km from Bhavnagar to its east, and Diu about 90km to its west.

Spread over an aggregate area of 198.92 hectares (approximately 491.53 acres), comprising a SEZ unit spread over 95 hectares (approximately 234.75 acres), it has more than 100 cranes delivered by all leading Indian crane manufactures. The plant was commissioned by mid 2009 and PSL immediately realized the crucial role cranes play in shipbuilding.

In October 2009, needing strong after market services, PSL turned to ElectroMech to support 61 of their critical Double Girder, Semi Gantry and Goliath Cranes. Pipavav demanded minimum down time till March 2010 and upkeep of cranes of all makes such as ElectroMech, and its competitors, cranes ranging from 3.5MT up to 150MT SWL. Cranedge, the latest initiative of ElectroMech had just been launched with a mission to offer professional services for cranes of all makes. This was the moment of truth. Sensing the big moment and realizing that Pipavav had confidence in ElectroMech, we at Cranedge picked up the gauntlet and went ahead.

In consultation with the operations & maintenance departments of the customer, Cranedge deputed expert engineers to be located at the plant. Critical spares requirement was evaluated and organized. Working on a sixteen-hour basis, Cranedge drew up an action plan for each of the cranes. The daily maintenance and weekly preventive protocol was defined and followed meticulously to avoid any major breakdowns. After initial hiccups, the plan got working and it proved to be a huge learning experience for the young organization.

The customer’s confidence in Cranedge was further demonstrated when they asked us to continue maintaining the cranes beyond March. It is a privilege to be associated with giants like Pipavav and it is a firm resolve to improve