Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) laid the keel for the first Survey Vessel (Large) ordered by the Indian Navy during a ceremony at its facility near Kolkata on Nov. 8.
Jadav Sarkar, Structural Fitter (SK-II) of GRSE, performed the keel laying of the vessel, with Yard no. 3025, in the presence of Vice Admiral Ajay Kumar Saxena, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition. The ceremony was also attended by Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, Cmde. P R Hari, Director (Personnel) and Cmde. Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding).
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This first ship is part of the four Large Survey Vessels order won by GRSE in a competitive bidding process in October 2018. The contract for four vessels was signed on Oct. 30, 2018, between GRSE and Government of India, Ministry of Defence for an order value of Rs. 2435.15 crore. The first ship is to be delivered within 36 months from the contract signing date with a project completion time of 54 months.
The vessels will be 110 metres long with full load displacement of 3,300 tonnes and a crew complement of 231. The vessel will have a cruising speed of 16 knots.
GRSE’s Hull Form Design imparts a superior level of operational efficiency to these vessels. The Hull form of these new generations Survey Vessel also meets the stringent seakeeping and maneuvering requirements including Helicopter Operations at high sea states.
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 the 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 will be equipped with state-of-the-art hydrographic survey equipment & sensors comprising of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Multi-Beam Echo Sounders etc and would prove to be a gamechanger in the Indian Navy’s Capabilities for coastal and deepwater hydrographic surveys aiding maritime operations. They will have a hanger to accommodate one HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Vessels will be built as per Classification Society Rules and Naval Ship Regulations and will conform to the latest MARPOL (Marine Pollution) Standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).