Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has made history in Indian defence shipbuilding, delivering the last of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) to the Indian Coast Guard ahead of the time stipulated by the contract. GSL has already commenced work on the follow-on order for five more offshore patrol vessels, which chairman and managing director Shekhar Mital has promised to deliver ahead of schedule.
The January 2012 contract, valued at Rs 1,800 crore for the first six OPVs, has enabled GSL to increase the indigenisation content in the Coast Guard vessels.
GSL will now shift its focus to the follow-on order for five coast guard OPVs that will be fitted with technologically advanced machinery and computerized controls systems, making them the most advanced warships in service with the Coast Guard when commissioned.
The Coast Guard inked the Rs 1,900 crore contract for five additional OPVs with GSL in August last year.
The 2,400-tonne vessels will be equipped with additional features like quick response boats for rescue and anti-piracy, gunnery simulators and many more aspects, while the hull will be designed with fuel efficiency and crew comfort in mind.
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