India’s premier dredging company, DCIL has stated that the company is actively looking for solutions that can help it reduce its dependence on imports.
A category-I mini Ratna company, DCIL undertakes a lion’s share of the maintenance and capital dredging activities across the major ports in the country.
However most of the dredgers that come into the country are sourced from abroad. ‘More than 90% of our dredgers are built outside India. We therefore end up spending lot of money to get these dredgers and we need to look at ways to indigenise’ said DCIL’s MD Mr Rajesh Tripathi.
Addressing the webinar ‘Re-imaging DCIL at 4.0’ jointly organized by Vizag Industrial Scan and NASSCOM CoE Mr Tripathi stated that the company is willing and keen to work with startups that can help it provide with relevant and innovative solutions.
Stating that the company has a fleet of dredgers he said there is a huge requirement of spares and maintenance work.
‘As these machines come from abroad their spares and parts too come from outside India. We thus spend a lot of money on getting these spares too. We welcome startups to come and work with us and provide us with eclectic solutions’ stated DCIL’s MD.
DCIL recently won orders worth over Rs 200 crores just in the past 7-8 months. These orders include maintenance dredging at NMPT, SNC Kochi and Mormugao port.
The MD assured startups of a fair and transparent manner they can work with DCIL. Addressing the webinar NASSCOM CoE’s, CEO Mr Sanjeev Malhotra highlighted the objective of NASSCOM CoE and its focus on latest and future technologies. ‘Our startups have developed world class solutions which have effective industry applications’ said Mr Malhotra.
The session later witnessed a technical presentation given by DCIL’s CGM Captain S. Divakar highlighting the various opportunities startups could explore at DCIL.