India’s state-owned shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has delivered the sixth and final 105M Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ICGS Sujay to the Indian Coast Guard, last month.
According to the statement from GSL, the ship was delivered 34 days ahead of the contractual schedule, earning a unique distinction for the shipbuilder of delivering all 6 OPVs ahead of contractual schedule in a row..
ICGS Sujay OPV was handed over by Rear Adm Shekhar Mital, CMD of GSL to DIG Yoginder Dhaka, Commanding Officer, in the presence of DIG H P Singh and DIG Atul Parlikar, in a ceremony held at GSL on Nov. 4.
Shri. S P Raikar, Director (Operations), Cmde B. B. Nagpal Director (CPP & BD) and other officials of Indian Coast Guard and GSL were also present on the occasion.
“The delivery of Sixth CGOPV ahead of schedule is a landmark event for GSL. With this delivery GSL has delivered 4 OPVs to Coast Guard, 1 Fuel Barge to Indian Navy, 2 FPVs to Mauritius and 1 OPV to Srilanka, in last fifteen months which is ultimate testimony to GSL’s execution capabilities and rarely seen in Indian shipbuilding industry”, said Mital.
The delivery of this sixth OPV to Coast Guard marks culmination of 6 CGOPV Project, the first vessel of which was commissioned by then Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar, on 10 Nov. 2015. Thus, in two years GSL has delivered six large sized (110 Mtrs), 2400 Tonnes ships to Coast Guard.
Samarth-class offshore patrol vessel are a series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) being built by Goa Shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard. They are an improvement over the earlier Vishwast-class OPVs.
The class is 105 metres (344 ft 6 in) long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes.
Features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
They are designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two Palfinger QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement and maritime patrol. The class is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.
In August 2016, a follow-on consisting of five patrol vessels was placed for INR 20 billion ($310 million).
Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL)