India delivers its first Diamond bulker

17 May 2010
The DNV classed ‘Good Pride’ was recently delivered from Hindustan Shipyard

The DNV classed ‘Good Pride’ was recently delivered from Hindustan Shipyard

The state owned Hindustan Shipyard (HSL) in Visakhapatnam, India, recently delivered its first 53,000 dwt bulk carrier, Good Pride, to Goodearth Maritime.

The DNV-classed, double-bottomed bulk carrier is HSL's first bulk carrier built under the Diamond series with a capacity of 53,000 dwt and is the largest bulk carrier built to DNV class in India.

Girish Sreeraman, production manager, DNV Newbuilding and CMC, points out: “A collaborative effort with the yard and the owner resulted in building a high-end vessel compliant with international quality standards.” He adds: “Also given the large size of this project, we were bound to have teething issues during project roll-out, but combined and coordinated efforts from colleagues across regions helped us surmount these bottlenecks.”


Talking about the current shipbuilding market in India, Deog Jae Shin, production manager, DNV Newbuilding and CMC, says: “Indian shipyards have been delivering sophisticated and large vessels over a long time now, making the shipbuilding capability in India ready to accommodate more diverse orders and compete with other ingenious shipbuilding countries.”

He adds: “The newbuilding market recently showed more active and positive movement as compared to the slack recession period last year. We are all geared up to cater to this potential upbeat market through effective marketing and sales efforts.”

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