The Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) on Tuesday delivered second of its kind out of four series 1000 tonne fuel barge to the Indian Navy, ahead of 33 days of its contractual delivery schedule.
The induction of barge in service of Indian Navy as held by Rear Admiral Narayan Prasad, Admiral Superintendent Naval Dockyard Vishakhapattnam.
The Indian Navy was in need of self propelled 1000T fuel barges, with a view to fuel big ships such as INS Vikramaditya for a long time.
The contract for construction of 4 x 1000T fuel barges was signed between GSL and Indian Navy on June 4, 2015.
GSL delivered the first 1000T fuel barge on August 17, as per the contractual schedule.
The 1000T fuel barge has primary role of replenishing LSHSD, AVCAT and other oils for ships in harbor, at anchorage and even at distant location and is powered with two 1800 BHP engines, two 250KVA generators and five cargo pumps with a capacity of 100T per hour to achieve the main role of fuel transfer.
The barge is over 68 meters in length, 12 meters in beam and can attain a maximum speed of 14 knots with an endurance of 800 nautical miles.
The vessel has a novel hull design with bulbous bow and equipped with the state of art navigational aids such as radar, DGPS, echo sounder etc, making it capable to operate in sea state 4 and survivability upto extreme sea state of 6.
Modern tools and techniques such software simulation and model testing have been used for the refinement of the design before construction.
This vessel has a compliment of 26 persons and is fitted with best of the class modular accommodation, providing better living space and comfort to ship crew.
The chairman and managing director GSL Rear Admiral (retd) Shekhar Mital in his message has complemented local industry of Goa which was actively involved in the project.