Vasco: In a landmark event, the Keel Laying ceremony of the 02 pollution control Vessels being constructed by Goa Shipyard Limited for Indian Coast Guard was held at Goa Shipyard Ltd on Monday.
Director General of Indian Coast Guard VS Pathania presided over the event and laid the keels for the 02 PCV Project.
A GSL spokesman said that Brajesh Kumar Upadhyay, CMD GSL briefed the DG, ICG on the progress of construction and design of these vessels which have been fully undertaken in-house by the GSL Design team.
“These vessels specially mandated for Pollution response and which have been designed for the first time in India will also have a significant indigenous content, a commendable feat considering the government’s push for Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat Vision. This prestigious contract was bagged by GSL through competitive bidding which was participated both by public as well as private shipyards,” he said.
The spokesman said that Physical construction of the vessels commenced with Steel Plate cutting ceremony which was held on Feb 22, 2022. Plate cutting was held at the hands of IG S Paramesh, COMCG (West), Mumbai.
The primary role of the Pollution Control Vessel is to carry out dedicated oil spill response operations in the vast EEZ of our country and also around the various neighboring Islands and operation of one integral twin engine helicopter. Responding to Marine Pollution is a highly technical task requiring specialized and dedicated equipment and these vessels are fitted with state of the art Pollution Control and Response facilities.
“The vessel which has been fully designed by GSL Design Team will have an overall length of 114.5 mtrs, Breadth of 16.5 mtrs and a draft of 4.5 mtrs and is capable of carrying a strength of 129 personnel onboard (14 Officers and 115 Sailors),” he said in a media statement issued here.
The spokesman said maximum speed of the vessel will be 22 Knots with an endurance of 6000 Nautical Miles. Vessel will be equipped with 4 Sets of Ocean Boom, 5 sets of Near Shore Boom, 8 Skimmers, 05 Recovery Oil Stowage Portable Barges for Pollution control equipment. In keeping with the continuing tradition of on time deliveries by GSL, these vessels are also envisaged to be delivered as per contractual schedule.