Cochin Shipyard Limited’s (CSL) chairman and managing director (CMD), Madhu S. Nair, has 27 years of professional experience with the shipyard. He joined as an executive trainee in June 1988, worked in the entire gamut of shipyard management, and became CMD on January 1, 2016. He took over the charge from Commodore Subramaniam, who had been with CSL for the past eight years, the last three as CMD.
Nair did his B.Tech. degree in naval architecture and ship building from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, earning a first class, and went on to do a master’s in engineering in naval architecture and ocean engineering from Osaka University, Japan. He trained in shipbuilding systems at IHI Shipyard at Kure, Japan, and was a part of a specialised training programme at the Overseas Vocational Training Centre, Tokyo, and the Osaka International Centre, Osaka. In addition, he conducted research at the Joining and Welding Research Institute, while doing his master’s at Osaka University. He is a member of various professional bodies including The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, UK, Institution of Naval Architects, India, and member, Board of Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
At CSL, he has been steering the yard’s efforts at formulating partnerships in liquefied natural gas carrier construction, besides developing dredgers, chemical tankers and passenger vessels. He has been the key driver in forging alliances with international technology partners and has also been instrumental in conceptualising the yard’s small ship division and in bagging international contracts, while heading the marketing division.
With Nair at the helm, CSL, the largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility in the country, is now firmly positioned as a leading player in the offshore vessel segment in Europe. In the past three decades, CSL has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian shipbuilding and ship repair industry. The yard has the capability of building and repairing large vessels. It can build ships up to 110,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and repair ships up to 125,000 DWT. CSL has delivered the country’s two large double-hull Aframax tankers, each of 95,000 DWT. CSL has also secured shipbuilding orders from internationally renowned companies from Europe and the Middle East and has been nominated to build India’s first indigenous air defence ship.