Six OPVs for Indian coast Guard

By Keith Henderson at May 15, 2012 07:52
Filed Under: Company News, Navy News

The Indian Coast Guard has ordered six Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels from the Ministry of Defence owned Goa Shipyards Ltd. The vessels are designed by Goa Shipyard Ltd, which has considerable expertise in design and construction of patrol vessels of different sizes for the Indian defence forces. The contract for the six vessels was signed on 9 May and just six days later the steel cutting ceremony for the first vessel was being celebrated!

Caption: The smaller 102m OPV presently in service with the Indian Coast Guard Service.
Image credit: Goa Shipyards Ltd.

When completed the ships will be the most advanced patrol vessels in service with the Indian Coast Guard featuring an Integrated Bridge System, CCTV systems and additional equipment such as 21 ft (6.5 m) fast response RIB for interception and rescue duties.

The steel hulled vessels have a displacement of around 2,300 t, and LOA of 345 ft (105 m), beam of 42 ft(12.9 m) and draft of 14.7 ft (4.5 m). Twin SEMT Pielstick 20PA6B STC diesel engines with sequential turbocharging are each rated at 7,792 kW at 1,050 rpm and power per shaft, a CP propeller and a reduction gearbox. Maximum speed is 24 kn and a cruising speed of 12 kn provides a range of 6,600 nm.

The ships have accommodation for 18 officers and 108 sailors and have a primary duty of patrolling and policing coastal and offshore maritime zones. The vessels can also carry out search and rescue as well as surveillance operations. They are also equipped to assist in pollution control and fire fighting duties.

Caption: The SEMT Pielstick 20V PA6B STC engine delivers up to 8,910 kW at 1,084 rpm at its naval rating.
Image credit: MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.

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