Turkey’s TAIS has received a $2.3 billion contract to build five 45,000-ton fleet support ships for the Indian Navy, the company announced.
According to the contract, TAIS will manufacture the ships in a local shipyard, reportedly India’s state-owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the local shipyard, the design of the ships, engineering services, planning and management of production, preparation of shipbuilding material specifications and main materials.
“We have won this tender in one of the most difficult markets in the world against the biggest global competitors with our design capabilities, technical competence, determination and courage. We have proven to the world what the Turkish private sector can do,” said Süalp Ürkmez, deputy chairman of the board of directors of TAIS and CEO of Anadolu Deniz İnşaat Kızakları.
The contract with the Indian Navy will be officially signed by Anadolu Shipyard (ADiK), a subsidiary of TAIS. The construction of the first vessel is scheduled to begin by the end of 2020, with the first vessel expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2024. The remaining four vessels will be completed in 10-month intervals.
TAIS was founded by the owners of the top five leading shipyards of Turkey, namely Anadolu Shipyard, Istanbul Shipyard, Sedef Shipyard, Sefine Shipyard and Selah Shipyard.