The "Burondi" during the FiFi trial

The tug is the fourth in a row of four. Inialy constructed to operate in Dabhol, India for a contract with ENRON, she now will start operations in the middle east. Though the project had her ups and down the pictures show a fine solid tug.

IJmuiden, Februari 2004

Extracts from Publications

ABG to construct Rs 450 cr. shipyard (28 Feb 2005) By Madhu Chittora

A new shipyard with an investment of Rs 450 crore will be built by ABG Shipyard Ltd. The work on this project will begin in September this year, and the shipyard will be fully operational by 2008.
"Increase in input cost should be kept under control. This is the biggest challenge in front of the shipbuilding industry," states Rishi Agarwal, Managing Director, ABG Shipyard Ltd. Today ABG holds the pride of place as one of India's leading shipbuilders in the private sector. The company is manufacturing 149 m chemical tanker for Stav Tankers of Norway.
On the growth of the ship industry, Agarwal suggests, "Streamlining of subsidies, better infrastructure and dedicated specialised marine policies are some of the issues, which should be handled by the government." The company has Rs 1,300 crore worth of orders in hand. Out of this, 60 to 70 per cent are export orders from Europe and Middle East. Some of the company’s clients are Lamnalco, Indian Coast Guard and Sea Tanker, Norway. It supplies dynamic positioning vessels, tankers and offshore vessels, pollution control ships, cement carries and bulk carriers.
The shipping industry is dependent on lots of ancillary industries which are in need of a boost, so that the industry can grow. Also, the need is to ease import procedures and streamline the bank guarantee procedures, affirms Agarwal. The worldwide shipping industry is subsidised, but in India subsidisation should be streamlined for disbursement. "The shipping industry should be classified as an infrastructure sector, otherwise we will lose our competitive advantage," he admits.
Currently, the company builds 23 ships and its capacity is 12 ships per annum. Located at Magdala, Gujarat, the maximum size of the ship that can be built at ABG Shipyard is 155 m in length and 20,000 dwt. Due to an increase in world trade, ship requirements have multiplied tremendously. To meet the growing demand, it is necessary for shipyards to function effectively.
Today, the industry is equipped with the latest technology for rapid development. Regarding the strengths of the company, Agarwal points out, "We are equipped with the latest technology for a very high ship building activity. We are excelling in this field due to better management." The industry's main focus is to improve the quality and reduce the cost of ship construction and delivery time. ABG is equipped with CNC underwater plasma cutting machine, better painting system and other state-of-the-art facilities. The company is targeting 30 to 40 per cent growth next year.
The cutting edge technology and the ability to provide customised solutions are the hallmarks of ABG, a name to reckon with in the maritime trade. Shipbuilding and ship repair services are provided on turnkey basis—from concept to detail design, fabrication, construction, installation and commissioning. The shipbuilding and repair facility includes a large steel fabrication shop with sophisticated steel processing, machineries, six building berths, ship lift, and a dry dock with a large gantry crane.