Kolkata: In a bid to reduce the consumption of the conventional energy, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), a Mini Ratna Category 1 Defence PSU and a leading warship-building company of India inaugurated another Solar Power Plant of 200 kWp at the Main Works Unit.
Cmde PR Hari, IN (Retd.) CMD, GRSE inaugurated the Solar Power Plant in the presence of Shri RK Dash, Director (Finance), GRSE, Senior officials and employees of GRSE. The new Solar Plant aims to facilitate reduction in the emission of greenhouse gas and supply power for construction of Warships and other vessels for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. This 200 kWp Solar Plant is in addition to the Rooftop Solar Plant of 1500 kWp capacity that shows GRSE’s commitment towards green energy for reducing the impact of atmospheric climate change.
Recently, GRSE took a revolutionary step towards reducing the Carbon emission in the water transport sector when the Shipyard signed a contract with the Government of West Bengal for design and construction of Next Generation Electric Ferry. It is also playing a key role in defence preparedness of India to produce the most modern warships through indigenization for the country aimed at self-reliance.
The journey of Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., a PCMM Level-2 Certified Company, dates back to 1884. It is the first shipyard of independent India to build a Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) INS Ajay for Indian Navy in 1961 and the first ever Indian Export Warship “CGS Barracuda”. Over last 61 years, GRSE has built 788 platforms including 107 warships for Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and Government of Mauritius & Seychelles Coast Guard – highest warships built & delivered by any Indian shipyard till date. From Frigates, Corvettes, Fleet Tankers, Landing Ship Tank, Landing Craft Utility to Survey Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft – the repertoire is rich and varied.
In addition to ship building, GRSE is also engaged in engine production and other engineering activities. The engineering division manufactures deck machinery items, pre-fabricated portable steel bridges and marine pumps. GRSE embarked on a modernization drive over last decade resulting in the capacity for concurrent construction of 20 ships at a time. Team of highly skilled design engineers and state of art VR Lab & latest software’s cater to the in-house design capabilities. With proven credentials, the shipyard is on a growth path, reaffirming its motto “In Pursuit of Excellence and Quality in Shipbuilding.”