India’s Hindusthan Shipyard (HSL) will be supplying about six vessels to Indian Navy by the end of current calendar year.
The HSL flagged off the third of the 25-tonne bollard pull tugs, this week. The tug will be commissioned at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Designed and built at the shipyard for the Indian Navy, the tug Buland is the 178th vessel built by the shipyard. It can cruise at 12 knots. The first two in the series of three such tugs were built in a record time of ten months and supplied to the Navy in January for the International Fleet Review (IFR).
“Two 50-tonne bollard pull tugs will be delivered to Kandla Port Trust by this month-end. With these, HSL will be completing delivery of six vessels in a single calendar year. This will be a record achievement in the Indian shipbuilding industry.” HSL Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral (Retd) LV Sarat Babu was quoted as saying by The BusinessLine reported Wednesday.
Besides this, the ship repair division of HSL delivered eight ships during the current calendar year. The fourth of the five inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) being built for the Indian Coast Guard, Rani Gaidinliu was commissioned in October 19 at the Coast Guard Jetty.
IPV is a high-speed vessel built of light steel and is equipped with water jet propulsion system. These vessels are powered by MTU engines with advanced machinery control system with a speed reaching 34 knots.
The last IPV of the series, ICGS Rani Rashmoni is in an advanced stage of construction and will be delivered by May 2017.