Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and supply of four survey vessels for the Indian Navy.
The contract was signed on Oct. 30 by Ravi Kant, the Joint Secretary & Acquisition Manager (MS) at the Indian Ministry of Defence and Cmde S Nayyar IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding) at GRSE, Kolkata.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the contract was issued by Indian Navy to four state-owned shipyards – GRSE, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) – and two private Indian shipyards in April 2016, with GRSE emerging as the lowest and successful bidder.
The order value for the contract is Rs. 2435.15 crore (around $330 million). The first ship is to be delivered within 36 months and the remaining at an interval of six months for each vessel. The project completion time is estimated to be 54 months from date of signing the contract. Vessels will be built as per Classification Society Rules and Naval Ship Regulations and will conform to latest MARPOL (Marine Pollution) Standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
These Survey Vessels (Large) will be 110 metre long with full load displacement of 3,300 tonnes and a crew complement of 231.
The vessels will be capable of full scale coastal and deep-water hydrographic survey of ports and harbours, approaches and determination of navigational channels/routes. In addition, the vessels will be able to undertake surveys of maritime limits up to India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)/extended continental shelf. They will be also deployed for collection of oceanographic and geophysical data for defence applications. In their secondary role, the ships will be capable of performing limited search and rescue (SAR), limited ocean research and can operate as hospital ship/casualty holding ships.
The vessels are to be equipped with highly advanced state-of-the-art hydrographic equipment & sensors including a hanger to accommodate one HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
With this contract, GRSE’s order book has increased to Rs. 22,604 crore (around $3.05 billion). The GRSE is currently building three stealth frigates for Indian Navy under the P17A project.
The 98 warships built by GRSE so far range from advanced frigates and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvettes to fleet tankers and Fast Attack Crafts (FAC). It has already delivered six Sandhayak-class survey vessels to Indian Navy between the period February 1981 to February 1993.