H.E. Hamza Yahia Cherif, Ambassador of Algeria to India, visited Goa Shipyard Limited on 14th May 2018. RAdm Shekhar Mital, NM (Retd) CMD GSL conducted Hon'ble Ambassador around the shipyard and apprised him of the various shipbuilding, ship repair activities and the expertise available at GSL, besides the recent Export Projects, successfully completed by GSL in last 2 years. He was taken around Coast Guard Ships that are under various stages of construction at GSL. The Ambassador was apprised of the ambitious GSL modernization plan and progress thereof. The modernization will result into tripling the shipbuilding capacity of the company, by which GSL can build 14 OPV class ship concurrently, besides creating of one of its kind facility for GRP based MCMVs indigenously.
During the visit, a presentation was made to Hon'ble Ambassador on the emergence of GSL to a sophisticated shipyard & largest exporter of warships from India, capable of designing and building ships for various customers, from concept to commissioning. Notably, GSL has nearly tripled its turnover in last 4 years and has successfully completed multiple prestigious export orders for friendly countries like Myanmar, Srilanka & Mauritius, by delivering all the ships much ahead of delivery schedules. GSL is also working on much complex and weapon intensive Corvettes projects for a foreign Navy.
The ambassador appreciated GSL's efforts in up gradation of the Shipyard, making it future ready and congratulated them for successful completion of Quality Ship building projects, including Exports Projects, well within contractual timeframe. The visit is seen as opening of new avenues for GSL in Mediterranean region.