India state-owned shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) hosted the keel laying ceremony of the fourth Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (CGOPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Nov. 12, 2018.
The ceremonial keel laying was done by Ajay Kumar, Secretary-Defence Production at the Indian Ministry of Defence in the presence of Inspector General T.P. Sadanandan, DDG(M&M) of Indian Coast Guard and Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital, Chairman and Managing Director, GSL.
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.
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.