Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers

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Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited
Type State-owned enterprise
Industry Shipbuilding
Founded 1884
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Products Naval ships
Bulk carriers
Platform supply vessels
Services Ship design
Ship building
Ship repair

Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE) is one of India's leading shipyards, located in Kolkata, West Bengal.[1] It builds and repairs commercial and navals vessels.[2]

Founded in 1884 as a small privately owned company on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, it was renamed as Garden Reach Workshop in 1916. The company was nationalised by the Government of India in 1960.[3] It was awarded the Miniratna status, with accompanying financial and operational autonomy in September 2006.[4]


GRSE has ship building facilities in Kolkata and Ranchi.

It has a large Computer Aided Design (CAD) centre for ship modelling and design. There are four workshops for plate preparation and steel fabrication.

GRSE has a dry dock for ships up to 26,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT). It has a building berth and two slipways for hull construction. It has a covered all-weather non-tidal wet basin for fitting-out medium and small ships and another fitting-out complex for ships with three berths alongside. In addition, it has two river jetties for berthing smaller vessels up to 60 metres (200 ft) in length. GRSE has engine repair and overhaul facilities in Ranchi.

On 1 July 2006, GRSE acquired the loss-making Rajabagan Dockyard (RBD) of Central Inland Water Transport Corporation (CIWTC). RBD's facilities with its 600 metres (2,000 ft) waterfront helped alleviate some of GRSE's space constraints and increase its production capacity.[5]

As of 2011, the shipyard is undergoing a INR5.3 billion (US$86 million) upgrade program, expected to be completed by March 2012.[6]

Vessels built[edit]

Commercial vessels[edit]

Among commercial and scientific ships, GRSE builds oceanographic and hydrographic research vessels, marine acoustic research ships, non-propelled dredgers, grab hopper dredgers, trailing suction hopper dredgers, tugboats, and bulk carriers.

Naval vessels[edit]

GRSE has designed and built a number of warships and patrol vessels for the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. Vessels built at GRSE include guided-missile frigates, corvettes, fleet tankers, fast patrol vessels, amphibious warfare vessels and hovercraft.[7]

GRSE built the Aditya class tanker, Brahmaputra class frigates, two Khukri class and Kora class corvettes. It built all the Seaward class, Trinkat class, Bangaram class, and Car Nicobar class patrol vessels.[8][9]

Among the amphibious warfare vessels, it has built are the Magar class and Shardul class landing ships.[10] In September 2011, it was awarded a INR21.76 billion (US$350 million) contract for building eight landing craft utility vessels.[11]

It has been awarded a contract to build four Kamorta class corvettes.[1]


  1. ^ a b Third anti-submarine warfare corvette launched in Kolkata Retrieved 27 March 2013
  2. ^ "Type 16A Brahmaputra class". 1 April 2006. 
  3. ^ "Facilities". Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited. Retrieved 201-09-09.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Shipping Corporation of India". Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  5. ^ "GRSE takes over Rajabagan Dockyard of CIWTC". Business Standard. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2010-11". Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Global Security – GRSE". 1 April 2006. 
  8. ^ "Trinkat Class". Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  9. ^ "Bangram Class". Bharat Rakshak. Archived from the original on 12 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  10. ^ "INS Shardul dedicated". The Hindu. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  11. ^ "Amphibious vessels to strengthen Navy". The Times of India. 10 September 2011. 

Coordinates: 22°32′16.9″N 88°17′48.78″E / 22.538028°N 88.2968833°E / 22.538028; 88.2968833