Supporting port operator Adani Group with equipment and services to build and maintain numerous ports in India
India’s largest private port operator, Adani Group, used to rely on contractors for maintenance and capital dredging work. In 2005, the Group decided to start building an in-house dredging department to save money on dredging work and to ensure the high paced growth in the port sector could be achieved.
New to the dredging industry, Adani was looking for a partner for the supply of reliable, cost-efficient dredging equipment as well as training and support.
After surveying the market, Adani opted for Royal IHC’ standardized dredging vessels. Over the years, the Group has purchased an extended fleet of CSDs from IHC. It currently owns eight IHC Beaver® 65 CSDs, one IHC Beaver® 7525 CSD and one IHC Beaver® 9029 CSD and in early 2016, Adani placed an order with IHC for the construction and delivery of two IHC Beagle® 8 TSHDs. By opting for standardized dredgers, Adani chose robust construction, reliable operation and excellent performance, resulting in the best value for money with the lowest cost per m3.
Although standardized, these systems can be customized with a bespoke set of options. The modular design of the series means the vessels are adaptable – either during construction or later on – to suit specific needs. For example, one of the IHC Beagle® 8 TSHDs will work with challenging soils, and therefore, will be equipped with a heavier draghead and additional propulsion power. This makes it possible for Adani to easily adapt to each situation if necessary.
When Adani Group started its own dredging division, the company had no experience operating and maintaining dredging vessels. We provided them with a training programme, training operators and crew, to ensure the local employees gained the right knowledge and experience to successfully operate the new equipment optimally.
The IHC Service Portal provides Adani with an online platform with all the manuals, drawings and certificates of all the IHC-built dredgers in its fleet. Readily available and easy to find, these references enable Adani’s engineers to carry out maintenance and repair jobs themselves. Additionally, our local service centre in Mumbai supports Adani with inspections, quick repairs and spare parts deliveries to guarantee equipment availability at all times.
Along with the dredging equipment and local training and support, IHC also assisted Adani in securing the right financing solutions. Adani opted for ECA financing. These financing structures are supported by the Dutch state and offer favourable terms and conditions based on the export of Dutch capital goods. In close cooperation, IHC liaised with the ECA, the banks and Adani, thereby coordinating the overall process. With its in-depth involvement, IHC was in a perfect position to help ‘connect the dots’ for all parties, which eventually helped achieve the financial structure Adani sought.
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