Reliance Infrastructure controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (‘RDEL’) has commenced the Steel Cutting of the 14 Fast Patrol Vessels and carried out the Keel Laying of Training Ship for the Indian Coast Guard at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat.
The solemn ceremonies were conducted yesterday at the auspices of IG TP Sadanandan, TM, DDG (M&M), Indian Coast Guard.
Indian Coast Guard has contracted Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited with delivery of 14 Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) and one Training Ship. The first of the FPVs will be delivered on schedule to Coast Guard by Jan 2019 and thereafter the subsequent 13 vessels will be delivered one in every three months.
The ship is a medium range surface platform capable of operations in maritime zones of India and island territories. The simultaneous Keel Laying of 3500 tons Training Ship marks the commencement of Block Erection and dry dock activities for the ship scheduled for delivery by Jul 2018.
The 14 Fast Patrol Vessels being constructed at Reliance Shipyard are propelled by water jets and capable of speeds upto 33 knots. The ship is equipped with one 30 mm Gun and two 12.7 mm guns.
The Training Ship, meant for training of Coast Guard Under Trainee Officers will have state of art facilities for training of young officers of ICG. The ship is fitted with total 10400 KW main propulsion diesel engines delivering a max speed of 20 knots. All ship operations are controlled by an intelligent Integrated Platform Management System.
RDEL previously has also built ships for varied clients including Ice Class Bulk Carriers for Norwegian company, Offshore Support Vessels for ONGC and Offshore Deck Cargo Barges for NPCC-UAE.
The company has also repaired and retrofitted commercial and defence ships as well as mobile oil drilling platforms for international clients.
Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited has a large ship building /repair infrastructure in India; it has one of the largest Dry Dock in the world.
The shipyard has the only modular shipbuilding facility in India with a capacity to build fully fabricated and outfitted blocks. The fabrication facility spread over 2.1 million sq. ft has an annual capacity of 144,000 tons/ year. The shipyard has a pre-erection berth of 980 meters length and 40 meters width, and 2 Goliath cranes with combined lifting capacity of 1,200 tonnes, besides outfitting berth length of 780 meters.
The Company is the first private sector shipyard in India to obtain defence production licence and contract to build Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) in 2011. As on date there are 20 defence ships under construction at the shipyard. The first two NOPVs, which are part of five ships under P-21 Project of the Indian Navy are in advanced stage of outfitting and due for commissioning by the first quarter of 2018.