"Gujarat has ship building and breaking yards, but between that it misses the link of ship maintenance and repair," Pentagon Marine Services chairman and managing director Captain Nalin Pandey told media here.

"The state has a 1600-km coastline with 48 ports, even though it lacks skilled labour in ship-repairing. To fill that gap, we are planning to develop a shipping hub in Gujarat to provide repairing and maintenance facilities," Pandey said.
Pandey said they have tied up with a Singapore-based company for technical assistance to set up the hub in Gujarat, which will provide maintenance and repair facilities to around 50 to 60 ships annually.

"We will identify the place to develop the shipping hub by March 2015. For that we are in consultation with Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)," Pandey said adding that the hub is likely to be operationalised by 2018.

The company will also provide a maritime training course to labourers working at various state ports, he said. Pentagon Marine Services was established in Mumbai in 2004. It offers services in ship and crew management along with the repair and inspection of ships, a company statement said.

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