Indian shipyards delivered 69 vessels worth Rs 1145 Cr in last 4 years

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has brought in Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy (SBFAP) scheme for Indian shipyards to procure orders from domestic as well as international market and to be competitive in international market for securing global orders.

This scheme basically aims at promoting “Make in India” policy and also supporting shipbuilding industry in India.

The scheme offers financial assistance to Indian Shipyards for shipbuilding contracts signed between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2026 with rate of financial assistance starting from 20% in 2016 and diminishing to 11% in 2026.

The SBFAP scheme has played a crucial role in securing various orders both domestically and internationally by public and private Shipyards at competitive values.

From the data available in the SBFAP scheme, about 88 vessel orders have been procured by 31 Shipyards during the last 4 years from domestic as well as export orders and these orders are worth Rs. 6800 crore.

Further, shipyards have delivered 69 vessels worth Rs. 1145 crore to domestic and international ship owners in last 4 years that have received assistance under SBFAP of about Rs. 193 Crore. 

Also, with the latest Government of India initiative to provide higher SBFA funding to green fuelled ships and hybrid vessels, further shipbuilding orders are expected to be received.

Following measures have been taken with regard to modern technologies and machinery to increase indigenous manufacturing:

  • The SBFAP guidelines have been amended to include wind farm installation vessels and construction of sophisticated dredgers as specialized vessels which are eligible to get higher financial assistance.
  • The SBFAP guidelines have been amended to include financial assistance of 30% for vessels where main propulsion is achieved by means of green fuels such as Methanol/ Ammonia / Hydrogen fuel cells.
  • The SBFAP guidelines have been amended to include a financial assistance of 20% for vessels with electric means of propulsion or vessels fitted with hybrid propulsion system.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on 5th Dec 2023.