L&T bags ship building contract from RollDock B V

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won a repeat order valued at over US $ 70 million for construction of two ship from RollDock BV of the Netherlands, (erstwhile Zadeko shipmanagement CV).

The order re-establishes the customer’s confidence in L&T’s progress into shipbuilding which was commenced last year. The vessels will be built at the existing shipyard which is a part of the company’s state-of-the-art engineering complex at Hazira, Surat.

RollDock, the Rotterdam-based shipping company, caters to special purpose cargo movements. Its management has expressed their desire to continue the company’s association with L&T for its future vessel acquisition programme. They have also signed an agreement that includes options for more vessels of the same series to be built later this year. The vessels will be delivered by May 2010.

In technical terminology RO-RO/LO-LO are semi-submersible, heavy lift container cargo ships. These highly specialized vessels are among the only ones of their kind to be built in India. The vessels have a deadweight capacity of over 8250 tonnes, cargo volume of 17000 cubic metres and can carry 830 TEU of containers.