Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) hosted the keel laying ceremony of the third Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (CGOPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on August 1, 2018.
The ceremonial keel laying was done by RAdm Philipose George Pynumootil, NM Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area and Naval Aviation in the presence of Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital, Chairman and Managing Director, GSL. DIG Himanshu Nautiyal (COMDIS), DIG Atul Parlikar and Senior officials of the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and from GSL were also present on the occasion.
The current 5-ship CG OPV project is a follow-on of earlier 6-ship CG OPV Project, completed in 2017. With focused efforts towards the government’s ‘Make In India’ program, the indigenous content of the new vessels has been increased from 60% to 70%.
The shipyard also aims to bring down the reduced build period for the new OPVs to 30 months against 36 months taken for earlier CG OPV Project. Towards that GSL has made good progress with 1st and 2nd ships achieving 44% and 37% completion. The 3rd ship for which the keel was laid, has already achieved 25% completion.
The contract for 5 Coast Guard OPVs (CGOPV) was signed by GSL with Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26th Aug. 2016 and commencement of production of first vessel was formally started within 3 months with formal steel cutting by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 13th Nov. 2016. The vessels of the class are scheduled to be delivered between Jan 2020 to Jun 2021.
These vessels for the Indian Coast Guard are based on in-house design of GSL and will be 105 metres long with a displacement of 2,350 tonnes. They are be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced Patrol Vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard on delivery.
The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities. The ships will feature Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
The OPVs 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.