Hindustan Shipyard Ltd achieved another milestone in ship repair capability by completing the maiden refit of INS Astradharini, a torpedo launch and recovery vessel of Indian Navy, two weeks ahead of contractual refit completion date, the company declared on Monday. Rear Admiral L.V. Sarat Babu, Chairman and Managing Director of HSL, informed that it was for the first time that HSL docked a twin hull catamaran design vessel.
The bid for the refit was won by HSL on competitive basis and refit commenced from August 16, 2019. HSL has undertaken all jobs on a war-footing along with Patel Engineering works as prime contractor, and the refit was completed ahead of schedule with the active support of Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam.
He added that it was for the first time that majority of the works had been undertaken by MSMEs. He said that for consolidation of expertise developed both in HSL and in associated industries, continuity of orders would be essential.
He said HSL would also be bidding for medium refit life certification for the fourth naval EKM submarine, post-resolution of some long-pending technology transfer issues.