Panaji: Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) launched on Monday the fifth and last of five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) under construction for the Indian Coast Guard. GSL said the ship, ICGS Saksham, will be delivered by October 2021.
The Indian Coast Guard will also commission the ISCG Sujeet, the second of five OPVs, at the GSL shipyard on Tuesday.
The OPVs are part of the second batch of Samarth-class vessels ordered by the Indian Coast Guard to patrol India’s exclusive economic zone and protect territorial waters. GSL was successful in overcoming supply chain disruptions and on schedule, said GSL President and CEO BB Nagpal.
“At GSL, we were able to complete 100% hull construction and launch the vessel within 18 months of the keel laying, in June 2019. The vessel is at an advanced stage of equipment and will be ready. to be delivered by October 2021, “Nagpal said. .
ICGS Saksham was started by Jayanthi Natarajan, wife of Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Director General of the Coast Guard.
Offshore patrollers will form a significant part of the Coast Guard fleet and are equipped with computerized control systems, making them the most advanced patrollers in service with the Coast Guard.
“The launch of this majestic vessel, which is an example of fine craftsmanship and equipped with the most advanced machinery, will help the Indian Coast Guard more effectively fulfill the multiple roles chartered to the Indian Coast Guard,” said Natarajan.
Nagpal said GSL had to overcome severe supply chain constraints caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Our effort has been to maximize indigenous content on these vessels and I am happy to report that over 70% indigenization has been achieved for these vessels,” Nagpal said.