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Kattupalli Shipyard

Kattupalli Shipyard cum Captive Port Complex
Other name(s) Kattupalli Shipyard
General information
Location Kattupalli, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Status opened
Built by TIDCO and Larsen and Toubro
Opening January 2012[1]
Technical details
Cost 46,750 million
No of Super-Post Panamax crane 6
Maximum draft 14 m
Quay length 3.35 km
Terminal area 20 ha
Dry berths 6
Wet Berths 4

The Kattupalli Shipyard cum Captive Port Complex is a large shipyard project at Kattupalli village near Ennore of Chennai being built by L&T Shipbuilding Ltd. It is being set up jointly by TIDCO and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in two phases.

In terms of cargo generation, the terminal is located close to the majority of Container Freight stations in Chennai. The Kattupalli development also includes a shipyard being developed by L&T, a private sector–backed development.

It is planning to compete with Japanese and Korean shipyards in building "specialised ships," such as large-size warships, car carriers, submarines, naval offshore patrol vessels, fast patrol vessels and corvettes. After Colombo and Singapore, Kattupalli will be the third major international destination for ship repairs in the region.[2]

The shipyard-cum-minor port complex was officially inaugurated on 30 January 2013.[3]


The first development phase, which aims to be operational by January 2012,[dated info] will have a 1.2 million TEU capacity through two 350-metre-long L-shaped berths and a total terminal area of around 20 hectares. The berths would be operated by the Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc for 28 years.[4] The terminal has an option to rise to 1.8 million TEU capacity during the second phase of development.[5] Six ZPMC super-post-panamax, twin-lift, gantries are to be installed and 15 Noell one over five, 6+1 width RTGs supported by a state-of the-art terminal management system.

All the equipment is of a higher-end specification. Mobile equipment will include two reach stackers and one empty handler.

The yard will offer 5,000 ground slots and a CFS is also planned as part of the service package. Access to the terminal on the marine side is via a 3.5 km-long channel and port basin offering a draft of 14 m—the draft capability is such that it provides for projected increases in southern Asian container trade. It also provides for the future possibility of mainline AsiaEurope vessels making a stop in southern India, which has been mooted as a distinct possibility by certain analysts. Kattupalli’s North and South breakwaters, which together total 3.35 km, ensure a safe harbour and uninterrupted terminal operations.

The yard has 3 rail-mounted quayside cranes (RMQCs) (arrived at the port in December 2011 from China), 15 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGCs), two reach stackers and 420 reefer plug points. In 12 April 2012, the yard received Zhen Hua 20, a heavy lift vessel, with three more RMQCs to be installed at the second berth.[4]

Engineering components hub

When fully completed, it will be the largest shipyard in Asia.[6] Once operational, the shipyard will become a nucleus for heavy engineering industry (fabrications and components manufacturing).[7] This would make Chennai a hub for engineering components. The project is being implemented in two phases with a total investment of about 46,750 million. 30,500 million will be invested in Phase I (2009–11), and the rest in Phase II (2012–15). MoU has been signed and the project has commenced.[8]

Proposed facilities

The Kattupalli yard is mainly built for making warships and to augment the existing capacity at Hazira in Gujarat for sub-marines. A draft of up to 14 m and a waterfront exceeding 2.2 km makes the facility well suited to building large defence ships.[9]

The Integrated shipyard complex will have the following facilities:

  1. Commercial ship building including very large cargo carriers; specialized cargo ships for liquid/gas transportation and cruise vessels
  2. Building of defense ships including submarines
  3. Off-shore platforms and floating production-cum-storage facility for oil and gas sector
  4. Refitting and re-engineering of commercial and defence ships
  5. Heavy engineering fabrication and components production for ship building.

At the yard, encompassing 1,250 acres,[10] L&T has also commissioned facilities to build offshore platforms, drilling rigs and FPSOs (floating production, storage and offloading unit), besides a minor port which can handle container ships. An 18,000-tonne shiplift is being installed at the yard.

In the first phase, around 40,000 million is being invested in the facility that will start rolling out ships by January 2012.[1][2]

Project status

7 August 2009

  • L&T scales down investment in the first phase to 15,000 million. Total investment in both phases of the project is 50,000 million.[11]

26 April 2010

  • L&T arranges funds for Kattupalli project. The shipbuilding facility, billed as India’s biggest, has got environmental clearance from the Union government. The Tamil Nadu government has allocated land for the shipyard complex.[12]

14 Sep 2010

  • India’s biggest engineering and construction firm, L&T, will open a container terminal by January 2012 at Kattupalli, where it is also building a shipyard.[13]

26 Sep 2010

  • Engineering major L&T's shipping arm, L&T Shipbuilding Ltd (LTSB), has earmarked around 15,000 million to develop around 800 acres of land at Kattupalli for expanding its vessel building capacity, a top company official said.[14]

06 Apr 2011

  • International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) said it has signed the contract with India's L&T Shipbuilding Ltd. for the container port operations for the Kattupalli Container Terminal in Tamil Nadu, India.[15]

08 Jun 2011

  • ICTSI has forged a deal with LTSB for the management and operation of the Kattupalli International Container Terminal (KICT) for a 28-year period – a term that is exceptionally long for this type of arrangement and which represents something of a first in the industry.[16]

25 Jul 2011

  • L&T Ship Building Ltd is likely to form a joint venture with Ennore Port Ltd and the Tamilnadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO), to build a 25.5 km road that would connect Ennore port and Kattupalli port. The road project is estimated to cost Rs 360 crore.[17]

See also

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