January 30, 2023

These two vessels are scheduled for supply by November 2024 and May 2025 respectively.

New Delhi:

The Defence Ministry on Tuesday signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the development of two air pollution management vessels for the Indian Coast Guard at a price of about Rs 583 crore, officers mentioned.

The ships are being procured to considerably increase the potential of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to reply to incidents of oil spills on the sea and in addition increase the pressure’s air pollution response mechanism.

These two vessels are scheduled for supply by November 2024 and May 2025 respectively.

The defence ministry mentioned the “special role ships” might be indigenously designed, developed and constructed by GSL.

“The acquisition will significantly augment the capability of ICG to respond to oil spill disasters at sea,” it mentioned.

At current, ICG has three air pollution management vessels (PCVs) in its fleet at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Porbander to hold out devoted air pollution surveillance, oil spill monitoring and response operations within the Indian unique financial zone and islands round it.

“The new PCVs planned are for pollution response requirements in eastern and the ecologically sensitive Andaman and Nicobar regions,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

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The ministry mentioned the contract would additional increase the indigenous shipbuilding functionality and improve employment alternatives within the shipbuilding sector that entails round 200 MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) distributors.

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