India’s Bharati Shipyard will receive its sixth consignment of cranes and floating docks from Swan Hunter this week.

The equipment, which was bought in 2007, was disassembled and transported on a heavy load vessel to the Bharati’s Dabhol shipyard.

This is the final sale by the UK’s Swan Hunter, which has built over 1,600 ships, including the Mauretania, in the past 149 years.

Bharati Shipyard made this purchase to root itself as a low cost rival to Korean, Chinese and Japanese shipbuilders.

Responding to concerns about the timing of the deal, Bharati Shipyard vice-president Ramesh J Warpe said:

“The waiting time for this sort of equipment is extremely long and what we have bought from the UK has been extremely well maintained.”

By staff writer