New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) & Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya commissioned Indian Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ICGS Varad, in Chennai, today. Indian Coast Guard officials, officials of Ministry of Shipping and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Mandaviya was accorded ‘Guard of honour’ parade as part of the commissioning ceremony of ICGS Varad. He appreciated and congratulated the efforts and endeavours of the Indian Coast Guard and wished for its progress.
Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya said, “The Ministry of Shipping is working in close coordination with the Indian Coast Guard for collaborative efforts to secure the maritime interest and security of the nation. Indian Coast Guard ships will be given priority for berthing and infrastructural requirements at all Indian ports.”
Mandaviya was the Chief Guest for the launching ceremony of the 6th Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV-6) ‘Vajra’ in Chennai, yesterday.
Commissioning of ICGS Varad will enhance the ICGS fleet of ships which will contribute to monitoring and constant vigil for coastal security of Indian maritime borders.
The newly commissioned ICGS Varad with a gross tonnage of 2,100 tons is 98mtrs long and has 15mtrs broad. The endurance of the vessel is 5,000 nautical miles, with a maximum speed of 26 Knots. The ship is propelled by 2 diesel driven engines of 9,000 KW each, with low-level fuel consumption, high TBO and comply to IMO Tier-II norms. The ship will be fitted with one CRN-91 and two 12.7 mm guns and will be capable of carrying an Integral Twin Engine Helicopter which will enhance its operational, surveillance, and search & rescue capability.
The exponential growth of shipbuilding industry is perceived as ICGS Varad has been built indigenously by Larsen & Toubro. This will contribute immensely towards the vision of Make in India.
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