Vasco: The controller general of defence accounts Sanjiv Mittal (IDAS) said that Goa Shipyard Ltd has emerged as the highest exporter of warships in India and it is a matter of pride that two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), constructed by the organisation, are serving Sri Lankan navy.
He was speaking as a chief guest on the occasion of the launch of ‘Sujeet’, the second vessel of the indigenous project of five OPVs for the Indian Coast Guard at GSL yard-1234 on Saturday afternoon. The launch ceremony was held at the hands of Seema Mittal, the wife of controller general of defence accounts and in the presence of additional director general and Coast Guard Commander (Western Sea Board) K Natarajan, chairman and managing director of GSL commodore B B Nagpal, flag officer commanding Goa naval area Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, director general of police Prabnav Nanda and various other dignitaries.
Recognising the achievements of GSL, Sanjiv Mittal congratulated the personnel of GSL and Indian Coast Guard for the launch of the vessel. He acknowledged the contribution of GSL in indigenous shipbuilding, catering to the acquisition requirements of the Indian maritime forces. “The Indian Coast Guard has an inventory of 150 ships and 100 aircraft,” Mittal informed.
Additional director general and Coast Guard Commander (Western Sea Board) Natarajan, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted the symbiotic relationship between Indian Coast Guard and GSL. He said that the majority of Indian Coast Guard ships are built at GSL.
Chairman and managing director of GSL commodore Nagpal said that “in line with the GSL’s tradition of delivering in time, we were confident of delivering the second OPV as per the contractual schedule. Our endeavour has been to maximise the indigenous content on these ships and I am happy to state that more than 70 per cent indigenisation has been achieved for these ships.”
The ongoing project of five OPVs is one of the biggest orders being executed by GSL for the Indian Coast Guard. This indigenous project was launched by the Prime Minister on November 13, 2016.
Entirely designed in-house by the professionals of GSL, these OPVs will form a formidable part of the Coast Guard fleet and used for protection of exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of territorial water. These vessels will be fitted with most modern and technologically advanced machinery and computerised control systems, making them the most advanced patrol vessels in service with the Coast Guard.
The 2400-tonne vessels will be equipped with features like quick response boats for rescue and anti-piracy, gunnery simulators and many more advanced features. The hull would be the most efficient form designed by GSL and would provide for fuel efficiency, crew comfort and excellent sea keeping qualities.