The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) commissioned its newest interceptor vessel, ICGS C-441, during ceremony at Vizhinjam harbour in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on April 24.
The vessel was ceremoniously inducted into the ICG fleet by Tom Jose, the Chief Secretary of the Government of Kerala, in presence of Inspector General Vijay D. Chafekar, Regional Commander Western Region. It was conducted with full ceremony of parading the guard and band.
Indian Coast Guard Ship C-441 is capable to undertake multifarious tasks such as close coast surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats and crafts in distress at sea and will enhance the search and rescue capacity of off the Kerala coast.
The ship is commanded by Assistant Commandant Amit K. Choudhary and has 13 crew onboard with specialization in various fields.
C-441 is one of the series of fast interceptor craft being built by L&T Shipyard for the Indian Coast Guard for patrol and rescue operations in India’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
The interceptor boats are of planing-type, designed by the L&T Marine & Ship Design Division, an in-house facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited.
The boats have full aluminum-alloy hull for reduced weight, and are 30 metres long with 90 tonnes displacement and can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.
Each vessel is powered by two Caterpillar Marine Power Systems 3516C marine propulsion engines and two C-4.4 auxiliary generator sets. The engines power twin water-jet propulsion systems supplied by Marine Jet Power (MJP) waterjets.
The vessels are fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium-range armament. They are also fitted with MARIS ECDIS900 SmartLine Mk10 Flat Panel Computer with radar kit.
They are designed to perform coastal surveillance, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations in close coast and can also operate effectively in shallow water.
L&T secured an order on 22 March 2010 for building 36 high speed interceptor boats for Rs 977 crores. It further secured an additional order on 22 January 2013 to produce 18 similar Interceptor boats for Rs 447 crore.