Adding another feather to its cap Rourkela Steel Plant has received the approval by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) and DNV-GL (Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd) for producing ship building grades of steel. This approval is for both ordinary as well as high strength grades of steel. RSP is already approved by LR (Lloyds Register) for producing LR grade plates.
It is noteworthy that ABS and DNV-GL are ship building classification societies for certification of the materials being used for the manufacture of ships. Approval from these societies is mandatory for producing the grades of any society. It is for the first time that Rourkela Steel Plant has been approved by these ship building classification societies for steel making. It is a matter of pride that RSP now figures amongst very few steel makers in India listed in the web sites of these societies as “Approved Manufacturers”.
There is a huge demand especially in export market for the ship building grades of slabs and with these approvals now RSP can accept and serve in almost all the ship building grades of different societies. It is worth mentioning here that RSP is the only plant in SAIL which is exporting slabs and it has exported slabs to foreign customers to the tune of 2.5 lakh tonnes in the last 16 months. With these approval certificates for producing ship building Grades in the basket of RSP, the potential for exporting slabs has been enhanced further.
The process of approval included plant audit by Indian office of the societies to assess the plant process & testing capabilities and witnessing the testing of samples of different grades selected by them. After the audit, all the necessary test reports, documents and the required information was sent to their head office. After satisfactory review of all these audit reports, “Approval certificates” have been sent from Houston, USA in case of ABS and Norway in case of DNV-GL. ABS certificate is valid for 5 years till 10th December 2019 and DNV-GL certificate is valid till 30th June 2019.