Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Large OPV enters service with Indian Coast Guard

Coast Guard gets ‘ICGS Samrat’
Special Correspondent

It is designed for all-weather patrolling

2,230-tonne vessel has a range of 6,500 nautical miles

It is the second largest vessel with the Coast Guard

PANAJI: Goa Shipyard Ltd.(GSL), Government of India undertaking, launched “ICGS Samrat”, the second in series and the biggest vessel for Indian Coast Guard (ICG), at Vasco in South Goa on Monday.

The advanced offshore vessel was launched by Sushmita Dutt, wife of Shekhar Dutt, Defence Secretary. Mr. Dutt was the chief guest at the function.

The 2,230-tonne ship has a range of 6,500 nautical miles and can attain a speed of 24 knots with excellent manoeuvring capabilities. The vessel is equipped with modern, sophisticated and state-of-the-art technology and equipment, said officials of GSL.

The ship is designed for round-the-clock, all weather coastal patrolling, policing maritime zones, search and rescue missions, operation and advanced light helicopter for a long time all range SAR and surveillance, pollution control and external fire fighting.

The vessel has the distinction of dual classification by IRS and ABS.

The vessel can accommodate 18 officers and 108 sailors.

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