Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jamnagar - Wooden Shipping Industry rising again

Call it as the wind of Outsourcing or cost cutting, India is enjoying
the best of all benefits.

The wealthy Arabs are at it again, in a move to cut costs Arabs are in
process of reviving the 200-year-old wooden shipping industry in
Gujarat, especially in Jamnagar.

Sheikh's entry in this foray will be a much needed boost for local
wooden shipping industry known as vahanvatti.

The wooden ship building industry exists in Salaya port; this industry
has seen good qualitative orders from African and Middle East in last
two years.

Industry old-timers feels that wooden ships made in Salaya have more
power and are skilled as compared to other parts in India or in
Porbandar / Mandvi in Gujarat.

This small ships are called Vahans, they range from 500 to 2000 tones,
and can take almost a year to shape up, the cost of such ships range
from Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore,

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