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Cmde Hemant Khatri, IN (Retd), C&MD

 + HSL Foundation Day & 8th International Yoga Day (21 Jun 22)

1.My best wishes to all the employees and their families on this magnificent day on which we are celebrating the 81st foundation day of HSL and the 8th International Yoga day. The events being conducted on this auspicious day are Yoga with all employees, release of mini coffee table book “200 Ships & beyond”, release of Key Result Areas (KRAs) for officers, release of HR  handbook & release of comprehensive lessons learnt document for Ship repair projects. In addition, inauguration of pumps test bed facility at Submarine pipe shop & renovation of ‘c’ Block accommodation for officers in HSL residential colony are also being conducted.   

2.    I am happy to share your achievement wherein we have clocked the highest ever Value of Production of 767 Crore, achieved a profit of over 50 Cr and dedicated 200th constructed ship & the 2000th refitted ship to the Nation during this year of Azadi Ka Amrit Moustsav(AKAM) .

3.    A significant improvement in the performance is visible in the endeavours where we have constructed and delivered all 04 Nos 50 Ton BP Tugs within a period of three months between the first and the fourth tug, making it fastest deliveries back to back of any series of ships in HSL. Similar improvement in performance has been seen in Ship Repair Business, wherein during the year 2021-22, Ship Repair Complex (SRC) has set a record of undertaking repairs of 17 Vessels of different types and contributing their highest VOP at 200 Cr.

4.    Today’s Celebration is also about seeing new leaders getting shaped. We have undertaken key changes that have been set in motion in terms of new business management and work philosophy. The achievements that we are discussing are the outcome of innovative thinking, transformation in work processes, timely actions and result oriented approach of our employees. Many reforms have been initiated by our officers for example framing of Standard Operating Procedures, promulgation of manuals, changes in the approval processes, quick decision making and prompt action etc.

5.    Another good news is that the 05 Fleet Support Ships contract is in advance stage of price negotiations and the yard expects the contract to be signed by Dec 22. Contract of INS Sindhukirti NR is also likely to be signed by Oct 22. We must prepare well to commence & complete all projects in time whilst meeting the desired Quality Standards.

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat

 

+ STEPPING INTO FY 2023

1. This month marks the culmination of financial year 2021-22 & beginning of Financial year 2022-23. The Financial year is an important period for us in Business as our targets, performance etc. are measured during this period and also compared with the corresponding period of previous years. At this juncture, I must convey my whole-hearted congratulations to all personnel of HSL for an improved performance in the Financial year gone by i.e. 2021-22 & best wishes for the ongoing FY 2022-23.

2. It’s time for us to pat our back on the last FYs performance and Highlights of the parameters are enumerated in the succeeding paragraphs.

3. VoP - Despite a tough year with COVID wave 2 forcing us to shut operations and also disrupting the supply chain all over the world, we did not lose focus and each and every one strived hard to ensure that we made the highest ever VoP of 667 Cr which is a 40 % increase YoY.

4. GeM procurement – The target set upon by the Ministry for us was seemingly impossible till the Q2 of the FY. However, with persistent efforts and with an aim to meet the targets, initiatives were taken to ensure that we meet the target of 193 Cr of procurement through GeM.

5. MSMEs Procurement – We made Rs 285.26 Cr value of procurements in this category which is 89% increase YoY.

6. Delivery of all four 50 T BP tugs (two each to Mumbai and Vizag) have been done within a period of just 3 months. Further, the last tug has been delivered one week ahead of schedule.

7. Business diversification – We explored new business opportunities and are venturing into areas which help in our bottom line like contract with LTHE etc. for 68 Cr to utilize the Factory extension area and work has begun. Also we signed 11 MoUs with various agencies. 

8. As far as the ship repair business is concerned, we repaired 17 ships in the last FY as compared to 06 ships in 2020-21, which shows that our turnaround time is reducing rapidly. We also earned 4.17 Cr in foreign currency from undertaking refits of foreign vessels.

9. The FY 2022-23 will see that our order book swell with the signing of FSS contract and other major events like floating out of both DSVs, SSP keel laying & FSS construction commencement. We will also begin our infra upgradation and all these activities are formidable challenges and I am sure each one of you will raise to the occasion to enable fulfilling our vision.

10. As always I would like to emphasize our philosophy “serving the Nation through service to HSL”.

11. Once again wishing all personnel of HSL for a successful Financial Year 2022-23.

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat

Hemant Khatri, C&MD, HSL

NATIONAL SAFETY DAY - 04 MAR 2022
 
 
1. My best wishes to all the employees on the 51st National Safety Day. I congratulate all the personnel who have been awarded prizes for slogan contest & quiz competitions on Industrial safety. 
 
2. The importance of Safety, Health and Environment in day to day life cannot be over-emphasised and needs to be part of our basic thought process. Every act we do should be laced with ‘SAFETY FIRST’ thought. 
 
3. In my view, Safety emanates from empathy & concern for all personnel working with us. It requires ‘Eye for Detail’ & ‘Ability to think what can go wrong’ & prevent it. Good Safety culture requires years of consistent efforts & focused attention that HSL has embarked upon. Safety pledge is a way to re-ignite our commitment to safety. All officers & safety teams should continuously strive to create accident free atmosphere in HSL. 
 
4. Everyone must adopt zero tolerance for any unsafe practice so as to prevent even minor injuries to any personnel working in HSL, especially as the quantum of work will be increased manifold in the forthcoming years with nearly 3000 contract workmen working in HSL. This leap in the quantum of work will be possible only if the safety aspects are taken care of by every individual.
 
Once again I wish all personnel of HSL a ‘Happy safety Day’.
 
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat
Hemant Khatri, C&MD, HSL
 

+ Message on 26 Jan 2022 

1.      My whole-hearted congratulations & best wishes on the 73rd Republic Day of our Great Nation and we are all proud of our constitution and country. I congratulate all the personnel who have been awarded the Commendations and also the winners of the ‘Swachchata’ Trophy. I am also happy to present certificates to our ERP warriors.

2.    Drawing inspiration from our constitution, we the personnel in DPSUs have more responsibility to dedicate our services and life for the progress of the nation. We need to be ready to make sacrifices for our country and in line with our philosophy “serving the Nation through service to HSL”.
 
3.     Today we are seeing positive changes in our country in almost every area and the nation expects us to be part of this change. We must catapult ourselves in to the future in our core area of expertise and promise to ourselves that we will deliver quality ships in time and within contractual cost.
 
4.     HSL has set itself on the path of transformation and is emerging as ‘New HSL’. Some of the visible changes are inspiring and more changes are being ushered in.
  • Delivery of all four 50 T BP tugs (two each in Mumbai and Vizag) have been done within a period of just 3 months. Further, the last tug has been delivered one week ahead of schedule.
  • Our medical and HR teams have valiantly fought various waves of COVID by helping the society as well as HSL families infected by COVID.
  • Conduct of tailor-made skill upgradation training for executives as well as workmen have enthused yard personnel. 
  • Defence exhibition, Model room and Motivation hall set up with in-house resources are inspiring youth & students to pursue shipbuilding career.
  • Our efforts towards process efficiency by ‘Go Live’ of key modules as part of ERP implementation are bearing fruit.
  • Deploying workmen as ‘LEADS’ & ‘SAFETY MARSHALS’, introduced for better monitoring of outsourced works is helping in improving efficiency, quality & safety.
  • Improvement in productivity by deploying large number of workmen in E2 & E3 shifts.
  • Multi-disciplinary Integrated project teams formed are formulating micro-plans & injecting weekly schedule to production with resource plan, thus transgressing towards – ‘Planning driven production’.
  • Business diversification is being worked upon and orders for utilizing spare capacity have been signed.
5.     Many initiatives have been taken by HSL officers. In 2022 HSL is working to increase the pace of transformation & double our turnover in this ‘Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav’. 
 
6.     75 % of HSL officers are in their youth, who have joined shipyard in this millennium and they are energizing the yard with ‘Youth power’, to enable fulfilling our vision of being a Maharatna shipyard by 2041, which will be the centenary year of HSL’s foundation.
 
7.     Once again congratulations to all personnel of HSL on our 73rd Republic Day and I wish you and our Nation a very successful year ahead.
 

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat
Hemant Khatri, C&MD, HSL

 

+ Message on 01 Jan 2022

 

1. On this New Year eve, my wife joins me in wishing all personnel of Hindustan Shipyard Limited and their families a very happy, satisfying, healthy and prosperous New Year.

2. Looking back into 2021, the year gone by, despite the tough times, we managed to commence our production activities in June itself after braving the onslaught of the second wave. Here, I express my deepest condolences to the families of the personnel we lost in our fight against the pandemic. I also compliment HSL medical department: Our Corona warriors for providing unstinted support during the tough times.   

3. I have been reiterating the need for us to transform in all spheres of our activities to stay relevant as a business entity. I am glad that the last one year has set us on a path of Transformation in all spheres of our operations.

4. The sustained efforts in transformation has enabled us to improve our delivery timelines and accordingly completed the sea trials of all 50 T tugs and delivered three of them to the Indian Navy, last two being ahead of schedule. The pace of work on DSVs has increased including work in night shift. The Material for DSVs is being progressively received.

5. Similarly on the ship repairs front, last 8 vessels have been completed on time including the oil rig Aban, Dredgers, IN ships and FSI ships. The submarine business unit is gearing up to undertake the next refit of an EKM submarine and have gone ahead and signed an umbrella contract with the Russian side. 

6. Focused efforts are being made to improve the quality of work especially on special grade steels by our vendors by giving them dedicated training. Our business partners; various firms who are executing works in HSL and part of our supply chain are being nurtured to scale up their operations to meet the demand for construction of Fleet support ships.

7. On HR front we have revised the Promotion Policy and also the entire APAR system. We started mid-level training courses for our officers & workmen for refreshing them and preparing them for a complete makeover through mentorship program. The streamlining of policies as well as giving clear SOPs/ Guidelines to increase efficiency has been taken up seriously and towards this 12 Manuals / standing orders have been prepared and issued on the 81st Foundation day. This marked a ‘renaissance’ for HSL. Every process has been looked into and revamped as part of BPR (Business Process Re-engineering). 

8. Safety and welfare have been our focus areas and towards this we are leaving no stone unturned and even institutionalized a separate department for the Factory Manager and also introduced a concept of safety marshals to regularly monitor and avoid any incidents. Women employees’ welfare has been our focus and created some dedicated infrastructure for their wellbeing.

9. With an aim to augment our infrastructure, we have set a target to modernize the production related infrastructure in a big way and a detailed project study by a professional consultant has enabled us to elicit responses to EoIs from the top infra companies in India. 

10. We must work with rejuvenated zeal and enthusiasm in 2022 and guard ourselves against inefficiencies in the system which lead to stoppage of any work, to meet our committed time and objectives especially those we set for the 75th year of Independence which we are celebrating as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

11. I call upon all of you to join me in taking forward this transformation of HSL and may we achieve greater glory in the year ahead. For this transformation, I am reiterating the HSL mantra:- 

“Reform with Intent,

Perform with Integrity,

Transform with intensity”.

 

Happy New Year to all of you and your families
Thank you and Jai Hind
 
31 Dec 2021

 

+ Message on 02 Oct 2021

1.  On this historic occasion of Gandhi Jayanti; the 152nd Birth Anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’, I express my deep gratitude to ‘Bapu’ for giving us this freedom. Today is also 118th birth anniversary of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, the great freedom fighter, the ex-Prime Minister who led the Nation to victory in 1965 war.  I convey my greetings & best wishes to all HSL employees on this.

2.   On this occasion, I would like to share a few famous quotes of Mahatma Gandhi:-

  • “Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words.  Watch your habits, for they become your values. Embrace your values, for they become your destiny”.
  • “There are two days in the year when we cannot do anything, yesterday and tomorrow”.
  • “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it”.
  • “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results”.
  • “We must become the change we want to see”.

3.   This season is considered auspicious for many HSL employees wherein it is believed that new tasks that begin during the onset of the long festival season beginning with ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ will be successful. So it’s the right time to take a pledge. Let us take a pledge that HSL will remain our biggest faith, our biggest priority; “HSL First; Always First“

4.  As the 75th Year of Independence, has inspired “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, similarly we at HSL also draw inspiration from our Freedom Struggle to foster a “United HSL”, with ownership in every task as ‘MY responsibility’ for inclusive development, innovation and selfless Service to our company.   I urge HSL team to work with the principle of:

Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas, Sabka Vishwas leading to Sabka Vikas

5.  In today’s competitive business environment, let us all join to create a mass movement of ‘Reduction in Time & Cost in all activities’.

6.   “New HSL” has seen many changes & firsts’ during the last few years and is moving fast on the path of transformation. Yard is now determined to move forward to fulfill its aspiration of 4 digit VoP & 3 digit profit in 2022. New HSL is emerging as a confident & professional yard ready to accept & learn from its past.
 
7.   We in HSL have to adapt ourselves to the changing era in India. This is the time, the right time for HSL to play a crucial role in India’s Defence Shipbuilding plans.  
 
8.   Let no obstacle stop us from fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of our employees. Let no department be left behind in the transformation process. 
 
9.   Have faith and Believe in yourself.  You have tremendous potential and can do much more.  Inspire yourself to “Serve our Nation through service to HSL”, and stay focused on ‘Desired Results’.
 
10.   Let all of us be guided by our Code of Conduct:  ‘HSL OUR PRIDE’, that stands for Honesty, Safety, Loyalty;  Ownership, Unity, Reputation;  Professionalism, Revenue, Innovation, Discipline & Environment.
 
 
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat
 
Hemant Khatri, C&MD, HSL  

+ Message on 15 Aug 2021 

On the Occasion of the 75th Independence Day, let me express my whole-hearted wishes to all the employees of HSL. As we are celebrating this Independence Day as ‘Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav', I want to highlight the importance of freedom that we are today enjoying and I request all employees to take on more challenges and responsibilities as part of industry which is under the Government, so that we can give back to the society in a meaningful way. Some of the other highlights are as follows:-

India @75- Historical Snippets

The month of August has special significance in India’s Freedom Struggle as historically some important events   have taken place such as

  •   07 Aug 1920     -    Non-cooperation Movement
  •   09 Aug 1942     -    Quit India Movement
  •   15 Aug 1947     -    India’s Independence


On the similar lines during ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ which is 75th year of our Independence, we at HSL have to fight a decisive battle and take some decisive resolutions to be ejected out of our work culture and balance sheet.

  •  Delay           -    Quit HSL 
  •  Inefficiency  -    Quit HSL 
  •  Losses          -    Quit HSL


New HSL at India @75

  • Today HSL’s most talked about word is ‘Transformation
  • Today the only ‘Mantra’ of HSL is - “Reform with Intent, Perform with Integrity & Transform with   Intensity
  • Today working philosophy in HSL is “TEAM” - “Together Everyone Achieves More
  • Today the most popular slogan of HSL is “Customer First
  • Today, the biggest resolution of HSL is “NEW HSL

Today HSL is working day & night to fulfill the dreams of NEW HSL and the most important thing in this is that we are re-discovering ourselves - “We are challenging ourselves, we are changing ourselves


Congratulations to Team HSL on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence & best wishes for our plans in 75th year of our Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav).

Jai Hind ! ! !
15 Aug 2021


+ Message on 21 Jun 2021

1.   On the Occasion of the Foundation Anniversary of HSL, I extend warm wishes to all employees and the families of this mighty shipyard. View prevailing COVID pandemic situation, we are celebrating our Foundation Day through digital media. The theme being “Transformational Changes ushering in HSL”. The events that we are conducting on this foundation day are release of various SOPs, Orders & Manuals, which will bring about a significant change in operational efficiency. Theme also signifies our re-dedication to the high ideals & ethos of the company with the motto; “Reform with Intent, Perform with Integrity and Transform with Intensity”. A webinar with our industry partners is also organised to strike a synergistic balance and work out solutions to increase the collective efficiency for meeting expectations of our customers. A Digital album highlighting the glorious legacy of HSL over the last eight decades has also been released on this occasion.

2.   I also take this opportunity to bring to your notice that over the past few months, significant changes are being made with an aim to achieve transformation in our business processes. These include policy level changes like adopting a new Material Manual - 2021 and Service Manual - 2021 to achieve efficiency in timely procurement and outsourcing. The dream of digital India and digital transformation is being achieved by way of implementation of the latest ERP system (SAP S4 HANA) and also using intranet facilities extensively. The skill India objective is being implemented by increasing the apprentices inducted for training, conducting mid-career courses for our executives, welder qualification on specialised steel and by implementing the mentorship scheme for young officers. All of these will greatly enhance the skill sets and enable all-round development of HSL personnel. On the Production front, various Standard procedures to ensure quality and efficiency have been prepared viz. CEATs, RBPPC etc. Efforts are being made to upskill every production officer into a “Project Manager”, for his part of the ship / systems. Empowerment of young officers is being done by giving them leadership role in their ‘Zone of influence’. Detailed plans for a massive infrastructure up-gradation in the yard are also being worked out with our consultant and collaborator for FSS. We are also working out ways to augment our capacity and output by getting into turnkey contracts with capable vendors. Future business opportunities are being explored by way of signing of MoUs with GSL, MDL, GRSE, SCI, DCI and tie-ups with OEMs and technology partners.

3.  I am happy to state that we have successfully forwarded the price bid for FSS and the contract negotiations will commence by next week. The other initiatives taken includes revised HR Manual, Safety Manual, Planning Manual, Maintenance Manual, Contingency Plans, Standing Orders and other important policy documents which help in developing a positive and responsible work culture. The women employees are being given due impetus by running a crèche and exclusive recreation room.

4.  Last year our Ship Repair Division has clocked highest ever VoP in last 10 years. With consistent support of MoD/DP our legacy issue of 52 Cr interest liability of ICG has been resolved, and our proposals for RRMI for FSS, Financial restructuring and realisation of long pending dues from ONGC are being progressed favourably. Notwithstanding above, Financial year 2020-21 has clocked lowest ever VoP in the recent past and high losses due to lack of order in Submarine business, slow progress on Shipbuilding projects, non-placement of equipment orders of DSVs, unfortunate crane accident and COVID pandemic. All these areas are now being vigorously pursued. We need to remain focussed and ‘Result Driven’, to meet delivery milestones. It’s only then, we shall feel proud and truly celebrate India @ 75, a historical milestone in our lives.

5.  Several cases of COVID in yard have been very painful to us. We have lost some of our colleagues and a few of us have lost their family members. We share their grief and resolve to maintain highest standards of COVID protocol in our yard to prevent the third wave of the pandemic. We also reached out to our society in hour of need and supplied Oxygen cylinders to hospitals and contributed in setting up of a COVID hospital apart from undertaking vaccination programme for our employees.

6.  On successfully completing 80 glorious years of service to Nation, I once again want to highlight the vision with which this yard has been set up “To Build ships of Global standards that sail across the seven seas”. I urge each and every member of HSL family to draw inspiration and fulfil the vision by transforming our shipyard to be one of the best in the country.

7.  My best wishes to all personnel of HSL & their family members for our journey into the 81st year of service to the nation with an aim to achieve 1000 Cr VoP for the first time in history of 80 years!

8.  Today is also International Yoga Day (IDY), and I would urge all personnel of HSL to “Integrate and Encourage Yoga through life”.

      Wishing my shipyard, shipyard mates and their families “Good health and Glory”.

Jai Hind!!!
21 Jun 2021 


+ Message on 01 May 2021

1.  Through this message I acknowledge and complement all personnel of HSL for completion of financial year 2020-2021. The financial year gone by has posed a very tough challenge for meeting the targets amongst COVID pandemic and other challenges.

2.  Notwithstanding, I must complement all HSL personnel who have strived day and night to achieve certain key milestones viz. completion of refits of Sujata, Sutlej, ABAN and also float out of all four tugs and Flap Gates.  Also equally noteworthy are approval of Technical Bid & Submission of Price Bid of FSS on time.  Congratulations are also due to Commercial, Finance & HR departments for reducing the processing time in many of the activities.  My special complements to all COVID Warriors who have continuously supported the needy personnel.

3.  Looking ahead I call upon one and all to put in their best efforts and work as a change agent to meet the project timelines, come what may !

4.  Also I would like to advise all personnel and their families to get themselves vaccinated as per schedule published by the Government and to take adequate preventive measures against COVID which is still at large.

5.  My best wishes to all personnel of HSL for the financial year 2021-22 and may HSL cross 1000 Cr. VoP mark first time in its history of 80 years.

We rededicate ourselves to...

  • Reform with Intent
  • Perform with Integrity &
  • Transform with Intensity!!!

“Serving the Nation through Service to HSL” 


+ Message on 26 Jan 2021

I extend my warm wishes to the personnel of HSL and their families on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day. We all need to understand the value of freedom which we as a countrymen enjoy and how this freedom has been given to us by our forefathers who enshrined the same in the constitution.

I call upon one and all in HSL to strive and fulfill our commitments to our Nation by ensuring we meet all our customers’ requirements through all round excellence in delivering reliable ships and submarines on time with highest quality standards. This, for HSL employees is the best way of serving the nation. Through these efforts we will be enabling many MSMEs and direct labour employed by HSL to meet their needs and lead a good life.

Towards this, we must focus our efforts with renewed vigour in order to meet the schedules set by us and ensure that first indigenously built DSV undergoes sea trials by 15 Aug 2022, when India celebrates its 75th Independence Day. This will be our true contribution to the nation which we all are proud to be part of.

We rededicate ourselves to...

  • Reform with Intent
  • Perform with Integrity &
  • Transform with Intensity!!!

“Serving the Nation through Service to HSL” 


+ Message on 01 Sep 2020

It is my proud privilege to take over the baton of the Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Shipyard Ltd on 01 Sep 20. I am committed to strive and fulfill our commitments to our customers, employees and shareholders, through all round excellence in delivering reliable ships and submarines on time with highest quality standards. 
 
We shall focus our efforts with renewed vigour in order to sustain the momentum so as to improve upon the performance of the shipyard in Rank, Revenue & Reputation and thereby achieve Mini Ratna status in the coming years.
 
We rededicate ourselves to...
  • Reform with Intent
  • Perform with Integrity &
  • Transform with Intensity!!!

“Serving the Nation through Service to HSL”CRO