1945, a small base engineering and electrical workshop for the Royal Navy
ships manned by 32 personnel was commissioned on the Willington Island
along the Ernakulam Channel at Kochi. The base workshops were merged
together, a primitive slipway was added and, in 1952, the Base Repair
Organisation was established. With manpower increased to one hundred, this
organisation undertook minor repairs and provided assistance to the ships
of the Indian Navy. The demands on this facility grew steadily and, in
1973, a Yard Craft Organisation and an Apprenticeship Training School also
came into being.
The pressure of new acquisitions and
induction of higher technology infused comprehensive upgradation of the
infrastructure of the yard. Hence, a large number of modern facilities
capable of handling repairs to all classes of Indian naval ships was
commissioned and the organisation was renamed as Naval Ship Repair Yard (NSRY)
on August 16, 1988. Spread out over 12 acres, the yard now has about 1100
personnel in 103 trades. With the reputation of excelling in the quality
of repairs and refits undertaken, the yard has the distinction of being
ISO 9002 certified within a record time of six months.
Apprentice Training School (ATS) trains about 85 apprentices in thirteen
basic trades every year. The apprentices are selected on the basis of a
competitive exam held at the national level. They are provided excellent
quality of training and hand-on experience on a wide range of workshop
machinery installed in the yard.
The yard now has the largest
civilian strength in the Southern Naval Command (SNC). Notwithstanding
this, the worker - management relations have been very cordial to ensure
that ships of the SNC as well as visiting ships of other commands get
timely and complete assistance for repairs/refits. The yard also
contributes constructively in every activity of the command be it
operational or recreational.