Sea Platforms

Indian Coast Guard commissions last of six Samarth-class OPVs

21 December 2017

The last of six Samarth-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICGS) was commissioned into service on 21 December 2017.

        , the sixth Samarth-class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard, entered service on 21 December. (GSL)<I>Sujay</I> , the sixth Samarth-class OPV for the Indian Coast Guard, entered service on 21 December. (GSL)

Sujay will be based at Paradip on India’s east coast. The other five ships of the class were from late 2015 onwards, under a contract signed in May 2012. According to GSL all six OPVs were delivered earlier than the contracted schedule.

With a length of 105 m, a beam of 13.6 m, and a draft of 3.65 m, the Samarth-class has a standard displacement of around 2,500 tons and a fully loaded displacement of around 3,000 tons. The OPVs are built to dual Indian Register of Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping shipbuilding classification standards.

According to the GSL, over the course of building the six OPVs the shipyard managed to reduce build time from around 70 months to 36 months through a number of process improvements and shipyard infrastructure modernisation. The yard also succeeded in reducing ‘D-448 shipbuilder liabilities’ at the time of delivery – defects requiring reworks under warranty – to minimal levels by pursuing a zero defects policy.

The shipyard is now building five additional 105 m OPVs under a contract signed in August 2016. Broadly similar to the Samarth class, the new OPVs will have some minor structural and hull equipment changes due to a greater indigenous content of 70% (compared with 62% for the Samarth class), according to GSL officials. The target build period for the OPVs has been set at 33 months or less, the shipyard said. “We are hopeful to achieving even better results” one official told Jane’s .

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