Keel laid for Indian Coast Guard’s second new OPV
The Indian Coast Guard has laid the keel for its newest coast guard offshore patrol vessel (CGOPV) at Goa Shipyard, marking the commencement of the vessel's construction.
The ship is the second of five new CGOPVs being built for the Indian Coast Guard.
The vessels under this project “will be built in a reduced build period of less than three years each”.
Goa Shipyard chairman and managing director rear admiral Shekhar Mital said: “The yard is already in the process of executing six CGOPVs Project, of which five ships have been delivered, all ahead of contractual delivery schedule.
“The last ship too is progressing ahead of schedule.”
On 26 August last year, the contract for the development of five CGOPVs was signed between the company and the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Construction work on the first ship was formally started within three months of contract award, with the formal steel cutting ceremony of the vessel held on 13 November last year.
Based on the in-house design of Goa Shipyard, the Indian Coast Guard vessels will be equipped with modern and advanced machinery and computerised controls systems.
Upon completion of their deliveries, all the five CGOPVs will be the most advanced patrol vessels in service with the coast guard.
Also, the 2,400t vessels will be fitted with additional features including quick response boats for rescue and anti-piracy and gunnery simulators.
The hull is designed to provide fuel efficiency, crew comfort and enhanced sea keeping qualities.
Image: Keel laying ceremony of the Indian Coast Guard’s second new offshore patrol vessel. Photo: courtesy of Goa Shipyard Ltd.