SHAH ALAM: India offers Malaysia ship building collaboration. The New Straits Times is reporting that India is prepared to offer its fast-expanding ship-building technology to Malaysia and other countries.
It is also keen to collaborate on oceanic research concerning marine life, the weather, environment and natural disasters. Indian High Commissioner to Malaysia Mridul Kumar said that India had achieved tremendous sales of its indigenously built vessels to Africa, Middle-East and Asian countries.
“We wish to share our technical and engineering expertise in the field of security, defence and maritime industries, for the mutual benefit of other nations.
“And Malaysia is most welcome to participate in possible joint-venture programmes in ship-building, just like we share technical knowledge and training in a lot of other aspects,” said Mridul, adding that India also wanted to collaborate on oceanic research.
He said this after hosting a reception on board the visiting oceanographic accoustic research vessel INS Sagardhwani at the National Hydrography Centre in Pulau Indah.
As you are probably aware, India is building most of its vessels at its own shipyards – some from its own design – for its navy and coast guards. It had also donated some of these vessels to other countries though based from the above it is likely want to sell them to Malaysia.
With the APMM and even the RMN looking to augment their fleet – if and when the government wants to fund them – perhaps we could look at Indian shipyards for our future vessels. Unlike China, it is unlikely we will have problems putting military grade stuff from foreign vendors to these ships.
One of the most interesting vessels build by India is the L&T shipbuilding 98 meter OPV known as the Vikram class in Indian Coast Guard. L&T Defence was awarded a $210 million or $30 milllion per vessel contract to build seven Vikram class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard in 2015. Three of the ships are already in active service with the Indian Coast Guard.
I am aware the Damen OPV being built by THHE Destini JV is a much better looking ship though it is more expensive than the Indian ship. Perhaps if we built more of the OPV the price could get cheaper
— Malaysian Defence