The Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has hosted the keel laying ceremony of the second Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) destined for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Sept. 29.
The ceremonial keel laying was done by IG T P Sadanandan, DDG(M&M) of ICG in the presence of Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital, Chairman and Managing Director, GSL. DIG M V Baadkar, DIG Atul Parlikar and senior officials of the Coast Guard and GSL were also present on the occasion.
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.
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.