Sep 13: India and Ukraine are weighing the possibilities of a sustainable partnership in the area of ship building. As part of efforts towards this, a Ukrainian delegation led by its Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Nataliya Mykolska, met Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Ravikant in New Delhi.
Giving an overview of ship building industry in their country, the Ukrainian delegation invited senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping to visit Odessa and Kiev to study the logistic chain and shipbuilding yards in particular.
Further, Ravikant has also invited Ukraine to send a group-cum-business delegation to visit the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), one of the major civilian shipyards in India. CSL follows an open process for empanelment of vendors, and procurement is generally done through an open tender process. The Shipping Secretary suggested that interested vendors from Ukraine may contact CSL for participating in such tendering process, an official statement said.
The issue of a MoU pending to be signed between the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in the field of Maritime Transport were also discussed. Necessary approval for signing the MoU was obtained from the Indian side in April, 2013 but the MoU is yet to be signed. The Ukrainian Minister assured that she would ascertain the convenience of the Ukrainian side for having the said MoU signed at the earliest.