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Bangalore: Local shipyards will be entitled to a maximum state aid of 40 crore to build a standard ship within three years from the date of contract, according to norms framed by the shipping ministry following the shipbuilding financial assistance policy approved by the Union cabinet in December 2015.

The financial assistance to shipbuilders–both state-owned and private–will be valid for a 10-year period beginning 1 April 2016, scaling down the quantum by three percentage points every three years, starting with 20% during the first three years, 17% for the next three years, 14% for the next three years and 11% in the 10th year.

The quantum of financial assistance for a vessel will be a product of the applicable rate of financial assistance prevailing on the date of contract, and the lower of the contract price or the fair price when converted into rupees.

A standard vessel is not a specialized vessel. Its fair price will be determined on a periodic basis by the competent authority based on international price trends.

Shipbuilders will get an extended time frame of six years for constructing specialized vessels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), passenger ships built under the Indian Merchant Shipping Act with a minimum capacity of 500 passengers, chemical tankers, floating or submersible drilling or production platforms; floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units, floating, storage and offloading (FSO) units, floating, storage, regasification units (FSRUs), mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) rigs and mobile offshore production units.

The maximum state aid for specialized ships has not been spelt out.

At the time of release of financial assistance, if the actual payment received for a vessel is lower than the contract price, the payment will replace the contract price in computing the formulae for financial assistance.

In case of a contract won in a global tender or competitive bidding, the bid price will be treated as contract price for computing aid.

For shipbuilding contracts signed for construction of more than one vessel, only those vessels under the contract whose date of delivery falls within the three year period or extended period of six years for specialized vessels will be eligible to claim financial assistance. And, only those ships that are delivered within three years or six years from the date of contract will be entitled to receive the aid.

A major portion of the hull of the vessel for which financial assistance is claimed has to be built in India. Besides, installation and commissioning of the major machinery and equipment and tests/trials of the vessel has to be done in India. In case any test/trials are required to be conducted outside India in terms of the contract/owner requirements, it shall also be included for grant of financial assistance.

The financial assistance scheme does not cover vessels built for an Indian buyer or ship owner, which does not exceed 24 meters, vessels made of wood irrespective of their lengths, vessels for construction of which, monetary subsidy, grant or incentive is being given under any other policy or scheme of the central or state government, vessels built for defence purposes or for use by Navy or Coast Guard, vessels built under contracts secured on nomination basis from the central or state government or their agencies excluding central public sector enterprises or state public sector enterprises.

If any of the information furnished in the claim is found to be incorrect at a later stage, the shipyard must return the money along with interest at the rate of 18% computed from the date of release of such financial assistance till the date of repayment.

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