Gujarat govt to close its shipbuilding firm Alcock Ashdown; board meeting to be held on 24 August

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has decided to shut down the state-run ship-building company Alcock Ashdown (Gujarat) Ltd (AAGL), which was incurring
losses for several years, an official today said.

A communication in this regard was sent to the Bhavnagar-based company a few days ago, and a board meeting has been called by the management on 24 August to finalise the modalities of winding up, a senior official today said.

"The state government has decided to shut down Alcock Ashdown. It was incurring losses for many years and was virtually defunct. No commercial activity was going on," said B S Mehta, Joint Secretary, state Industries Department.

Representative image. Reuters

Representative image. Reuters

In the communication sent to the company, which is signed by Mehta, the department said the decision was taken following the state finance department's approval.

"Matters related to the incomplete projects, including of Indian Navy and Andaman and Nicobar Island administration, and matters pertaining to relieving employees, decisions regarding assets and court cases will now be handled by the Gujarat Maritime Board," the communication said.

Bhavnagar Municipal Commissioner M A Gandhi, who is ex-officio managing director of the company, said a board meeting has been called on August 24 by the management.

"The company, with around 60 employees at present, is almost defunct...Regarding the employees, the decision will taken as per the Companies Act," Gandhi added.

Alcock Ashdown, originally a British-owned company, was taken over by the Union government in 1975 and subsequently acquired by the Gujarat government in 1994. The company is mainly into ship-building, ship conversion and ship overhaul projects. It owns two ship-building yards, one on the coast of Bhavnagar and another at Chanch in Amreli district.

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Updated Date: Aug 16, 2018 10:37:08 IST