VASCO: The first in the class of 05 Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), built on GSL’s ‘in-house’ design was delivered to the Indian Coast Guard on February 24.
This largest and most advanced 105 meters long, new generation OPV was handed over by GSL chairman and managing director Cmde B B Nagpal to DIG Rajesh Mittal, Commanding Officer (designate) in presence of IG T P Sadanandan, PTM, TM, DDG (M&M), Indian Coast Guard and DIG Atul Parlikar, TM CGRPS (Goa) in a simple ceremony held at GSL February 24. T N Sudhakar, Director(Finance), S J Kamat, Director (Operations), Capt Jagmohan, Director (CPP&BD) and other senior officials of Indian Coast Guard and GSL were also present on the occasion.
On the occasion Cmde Nagpal said, “The on time delivery of this ship, being the first vessel of the new class, with enhanced indigenization of critical machinery, has reinforced the trust of our esteemed customers in the shipbuilding capability of GSL.” During the sea trials, ship has bettered various contractual parameters like speed, fuel efficiency, low turning circle etc. The ship was launched on February 21, 2019 and within a year this ship has been delivered which is a testament to the inhouse design and strong project execution capability of the shipyard.