Larsen & Toubro has delivered two more High Speed Interceptor Ships (C-433 and C-434) to Indian Coast Guard at the Company’s Kattupalli Shipyard, near Chennai, seven months ahead of contractual schedule.
This is part of the two contracts being executed by L&T for design and construction of 54 Interceptors to Indian Coast Guard, valued at Rs 1424 crore. The company had won the order against global competition. With these two, 34 Interceptors have been delivered by L&T, so far. Made of aluminum alloy hull with waterjet propulsion, these Ships have a speed of over 45 knots with excellent maneuverability and are ideally suited for high interception.
Drawing attention to the government’s recent approval of Rs 32,000 crore for definitive action plan to bolster the force levels of Indian Coast Guard, S N Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro, said: “We appreciate the urgent need of Indian Coast Guard to augment coastal security in these turbulent times. Our production is over one year ahead of schedule and we are ready to deliver the remaining 20 vessels to Coast Guard anytime suiting their operational requirements.”
JD Patil Senior Executive Vice President (Defence) & Whole time Director, Larsen & Toubro said: “Besides Interceptor Vessels Program, L&T has also been mandated by the Coast Guard to design and build seven Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs). The construction of OPVs is on schedule and the launch of first OPV is slated for next month.”
“All these ships constructed by L&T are designed in-house and we are committed to Make-in-India vision of the Government with home grown Design and Build technologies, and in the process attaining indigenous content in excess of the policy stipulations. Towards this, a number of Marine equipment and systems are also developed and built in-house. The deliveries re affirm L&T’s capabilities to consistently execute and deliver Defence projects on time using indigenous design and technologies. From Design to construction to refits, we are a total life cycle partner to Indian Navy & Coast Guard for range of Naval Platforms, Equipment & Systems across the Fight, Move and Float segments.”
In June this year, the company launched the Floating Dock for the Indian Navy, a giant platform, and currently trials are in progress for on-time delivery to Indian Navy before November 2017.
According to a company releast Mr Patil added, “L&T is committed to nation building across sectors of our operations. Over past three decades of our presence in the Defence Sector we have built range of capabilities and invested in creating dedicated work centers spread across eight locations in India. With the Globally benchmarked, state of the art facilities at Kattupalli Yard we look forward to continue to service the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard in endeavours of National capability building.”
Till date the company has completed repairs and refits of Naval and Coast Guard ships and delivered six refit ships (including the largest Logistics Tanker ship) from its shipyard at Kattupalli, dedicated to Defence Shipbuilding.
L&T was licensed for Warship and Submarine building in the year 2002 and has shipbuilding yards at Hazira (near Surat) on the West Coast and at Kattupalli (near Chennai) on the East Coast.