Nigerian delegation visits Goa Shipyard

Panaji: Recent visit by a high-level Nigerian delegation to Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) at port town of Vasco is being viewed as a booster to the defence entity`s efforts to market its sophisticated Patrol Vessels to the coastal African nations and the Middle East.

The delegation led by N D Anyanwu, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on the Nigerian Navy, visited the naval shipyard on March 7.

"The visit assumes significance in view of the yard`s ongoing efforts to market its state-of-art Patrol Vessels to coastal African Nations, the Middle East and other countries," a GSL spokesman said.

During the visit, a presentation was made to the delegation on transformation of GSL from a barge building yard to that of a sophisticated shipyard capable of designing and building ships for the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard.

GSL chairman and managing director Rear Admiral Vineet Bakhshi conducted the Senate Committee around the shipyard and apprised the members about shipbuilding, ship repair activities and the expertise available at GSL.

The delegation was also informed about the modernisation programme and progress made thereof, the spokesman said.

The Nigerian delegation expressed satisfaction on GSL`s capability to design and build sophisticated and high value ships and lauded GSL`s efforts in upgradation of the Shipyard to meet the future defence requirements, he added.

GSL is one of the main shipyards building vessels for Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The yard has also provided speed patrol boats required for the coastal surveillance.