Goa Shipyard has delivered first Offshore Patrol Vessel (SLOP) to Sri Lanka Navy on 22nd July, 86 days ahead of schedule.
SLOPV contract is one of the major export contracts, being executed by GSL currently for friendly countries, Goa Shipyard announced last week.
The keel of the first vessel was laid on 10 Sep 2014 and was launched on 5th May 2016 at the hands of H.E. Mrs. Mridula Sinha Governor of Goa.
The shipyard has completed the 100% hull construction and handed over the vessel 86 days ahead of contractual schedule. With this, shipyard has succeeded in reducing build period of 2,500 tonnes OPV to nearly 3 years from 5 years taken till about 3 years back.
Significantly, the handing over of first AOPV, designed in-house and built by GSL for Sri Lankan Navy, come on the heels of handing over of 5th CGOPV of the series of six OPVs on 07th July 2017.
In last 20 months, 5 OPVs have been delivered for Coast Guard, 2 FPVs & 11 FICs for Mauritius and this AOPV for Sri Lanka, besides other smaller projects, all ahead of schedule.