Punj Lloyd Launches ‘Kuber’ – Country’s Only World Class Pipelay Barge

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (SP)

Mumbai, Mar 15: Punj Lloyd Group, the engineering procurement and construction conglomerate, announced on Friday March 12, the launch of ‘Kuber’, its new pipelay barge capable of laying pipelines in water to the depths of even 150 metres. With the launch of ‘Kuber’, Punj Lloyd has become India’s first and only company to own and operate a world class pipelay barge for offshore constructions.

Falcon Offshore Services (India) Pvt Ltd, of which Mangalore-based Conald J Baptist is the managing director, is providing the shipping agency support services for ‘Kuber – Mumbai’ owned by Punj Lloyd. Baptist is from Jeppu Mangalore, and a neighbourer of the late singing legend, Wilfy Rebimbus, and his company is specialized in providing total offshore support for oil and gas exploration, sub-sea pipelines and offshore constructions.

Punj Lloyd Group’s director, P K Gupta, commenting on the prized asset, said, “Kuber will add a new dimension to Punj Lloyd’s offshore business. This vessel is capable of pipelaying in the western offshore oilfields of the country including the famous Mumbai High oilfields of ONGC. With the introduction of Kuber, the ‘Indian’ content of the offshore pipelay work will increase, as this sector was mainly dependent on foreign pipelay vessels and their workforce so far. The deployment of an Indian flag vessel also would provide price competitiveness for our clients.”

Not only India, ‘Kuber’ is fully geared up to operate in the oil and the gas fields of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The unique features and remarkable capabilities of ’Kuber’ will provide a competitive edge to the company for offshore pipelaying projects anywhere in the world, it is felt.

‘Kuber’ has a four-storied air-conditioned accommodation block that can accommodate 290 personnel.  It is fitted with navigation systems including DGPS, and has a capability to work at sea for prolonged periods.

At the launch of ‘Kuber’, built at China under the supervision of the Indian officials, at the port near the Gate of India, religious rituals like Vastu Puja, Ganahoma, Satyanarayana Puja etc., were performed by Ashok Bhat Kumble, a well known priest from Dakshina Kannada district. Managing director of Punj Lloyd, P K Gupta, inaugurated the ship by lighting the lamp.

H K Kaul, Dilip Mankame of Punj Lloyd, Conald J Baptist and others were present on the occasion.


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  • anilkumar, kerala, kollam, kottarakara

    Tue, Aug 20 2013

    Congratulations punj lloyd.and india.i like it. .great india

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  • Sidharath, Houston

    Wed, May 05 2010

    Exactly right bharat!!!
    Made me proud being an Indian here.

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  • Ronnie Pinto, Loretto/Canada

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Hi Connie Very happy for you. We have not met for many years. Are you still in Kalina?
    All the best to you

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  • melwyn miranda, gantalkatte kuwait

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    heyy nice to see valli dsouza here.keep it up valli nakre

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  • Cat.Edward Lobo, Bantval,Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Congratulations Connie,We are very proud of you, You have broght your company single handed without any support from anyone, keep it up, God bless you and your family

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  • roney Veigas, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Keep it up Punj Lloyd, you are picked up right agency like Falcon offshore services,Mr.conald always counting valuable moments not years, he loves challenge in his every project...he is 100% successer...God bless you

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  • Dr P. Ramachandra Bhat, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Congratulations to Punj Lloyd and the Falcon team headed by my mentor Mr. Conald Baptist. Mr. Baptist can lead from the front with his vast experience in oilfield. There are a number of Mangaloreans in good positions at oilfield locations all over the world today and majority of them owe their success to perfect grooming by the Falcon team. He has proven credentials with the first pipe lay barge of India decades back. I wish the Falcon team good fortune in the days to come.

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  • Bharat Singh, Gurgaon

    Tue, Mar 16 2010

    Congratulations for Designers and Owners to make india have advance technologies in offshore construction.

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  • Joseph, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 15 2010

    Congratulations to Punj Lloyds,
    If you need manpower for this unit pls contact me, I have 12 Years of offshore Experiance as a Cheif Electrician.

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  • Edgar Sylva, Mangalore-Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 15 2010

    Congratulations to Punj Lloyd and to Falcon ( Conald Baptist & his team).
    Support work to any project operation is most essential for success and I am sure knowing Conald for the last two decades that he will rise to the occasion.

    Punj Lloyd have built a barge to suit conditions around India which till today was being serviced by foreign contractors.So now clients will have options in price and in work quality.
    Congrats once again

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  • Zubair Ahmed, Bangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Mar 15 2010


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