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 Cmde Hemant Khatri, IN (Retd), C&MD


1.   On the Occasion of the Foundation Anniversary of HSL, I extend warm wishes to all employees and the families of this mighty shipyard. View prevailing COVID pandemic situation, we are celebrating our Foundation Day through digital media. The theme being “Transformational Changes ushering in HSL”. The events that we are conducting on this foundation day are release of various SOPs, Orders & Manuals, which will bring about a significant change in operational efficiency. Theme also signifies our re-dedication to the high ideals & ethos of the company with the motto; “Reform with Intent, Perform with Integrity and Transform with Intensity”. A webinar with our industry partners is also organised to strike a synergistic balance and work out solutions to increase the collective efficiency for meeting expectations of our customers. A Digital album highlighting the glorious legacy of HSL over the last eight decades has also been released on this occasion.

2.   I also take this opportunity to bring to your notice that over the past few months, significant changes are being made with an aim to achieve transformation in our business processes. These include policy level changes like adopting a new Material Manual - 2021 and Service Manual - 2021 to achieve efficiency in timely procurement and outsourcing. The dream of digital India and digital transformation is being achieved by way of implementation of the latest ERP system (SAP S4 HANA) and also using intranet facilities extensively. The skill India objective is being implemented by increasing the apprentices inducted for training, conducting mid-career courses for our executives, welder qualification on specialised steel and by implementing the mentorship scheme for young officers. All of these will greatly enhance the skill sets and enable all-round development of HSL personnel. On the Production front, various Standard procedures to ensure quality and efficiency have been prepared viz. CEATs, RBPPC etc. Efforts are being made to upskill every production officer into a “Project Manager”, for his part of the ship / systems. Empowerment of young officers is being done by giving them leadership role in their ‘Zone of influence’. Detailed plans for a massive infrastructure up-gradation in the yard are also being worked out with our consultant and collaborator for FSS. We are also working out ways to augment our capacity and output by getting into turnkey contracts with capable vendors. Future business opportunities are being explored by way of signing of MoUs with GSL, MDL, GRSE, SCI, DCI and tie-ups with OEMs and technology partners.

3.  I am happy to state that we have successfully forwarded the price bid for FSS and the contract negotiations will commence by next week. The other initiatives taken includes revised HR Manual, Safety Manual, Planning Manual, Maintenance Manual, Contingency Plans, Standing Orders and other important policy documents which help in developing a positive and responsible work culture. The women employees are being given due impetus by running a crèche and exclusive recreation room.

4.  Last year our Ship Repair Division has clocked highest ever VoP in last 10 years. With consistent support of MoD/DP our legacy issue of 52 Cr interest liability of ICG has been resolved, and our proposals for RRMI for FSS, Financial restructuring and realisation of long pending dues from ONGC are being progressed favourably. Notwithstanding above, Financial year 2020-21 has clocked lowest ever VoP in the recent past and high losses due to lack of order in Submarine business, slow progress on Shipbuilding projects, non-placement of equipment orders of DSVs, unfortunate crane accident and COVID pandemic. All these areas are now being vigorously pursued. We need to remain focussed and ‘Result Driven’, to meet delivery milestones. It’s only then, we shall feel proud and truly celebrate India @ 75, a historical milestone in our lives.

5.  Several cases of COVID in yard have been very painful to us. We have lost some of our colleagues and a few of us have lost their family members. We share their grief and resolve to maintain highest standards of COVID protocol in our yard to prevent the third wave of the pandemic. We also reached out to our society in hour of need and supplied Oxygen cylinders to hospitals and contributed in setting up of a COVID hospital apart from undertaking vaccination programme for our employees.

6.  On successfully completing 80 glorious years of service to Nation, I once again want to highlight the vision with which this yard has been set up “To Build ships of Global standards that sail across the seven seas”. I urge each and every member of HSL family to draw inspiration and fulfil the vision by transforming our shipyard to be one of the best in the country.

7.  My best wishes to all personnel of HSL & their family members for our journey into the 81st year of service to the nation with an aim to achieve 1000 Cr VoP for the first time in history of 80 years!

8.  Today is also International Yoga Day (IDY), and I would urge all personnel of HSL to “Integrate and Encourage Yoga through life”.

      Wishing my shipyard, shipyard mates and their families “Good health and Glory”.

Jai Hind!!!
21 Jun 2021