December 8, 2015 - Cochin Shipyard launched the nineteenth of the 20 Fast Patrol Vessels (BY 519) being built for Indian Coast Guard. The vessel was named “ICGS Atulya” and launched by Smt Hema Subramaniam, wife of Cmde K. Subramaniam, Chairman & Managing Director, Cochin Shipyard Limited in a simple ceremony at CSL, the shipbuilder said Monday in a press release.
DIG G Devanand, Coast Guard, Refit and Production Superintendant, Kochi, , Shri D Paul Ranjan, Director (Finance), Shri Sunny Thomas, Director (Technical & Operations) CSL and other senior officials of CSL and ICG were present on the occasion.
As on date 15 ships out of 20 have been handed over to the Indian Coast Guard. Cochin Shipyard has successfully delivered 15 ships in a span of just 25 months with an average delivery interval of 1.6 months, against the contractual commitment of 3 months interval. The last vessel of the order is to be delivered by Mar 2017 as per the contract with ICG. However, with the current pace of construction, Cochin Shipyard is targeting to accomplish this by mid of 2016, much ahead of schedule.
This is a clear evidence of Cochin Shipyard’s commitment towards the maritime security of our nation. The 15 vessels already delivered have been commissioned into the service of the Indian Coast Guard and are vigilantly guarding our great nation’s vast coastline. The performances of these ships have been exemplary.
The contract for the Design & Construction of 20 Nos. Fast Patrol Vessels was awarded to Cochin Shipyard on the 20th of October 2010. Though Cochin Shipyard had been repairing Indian Coast Guard ships in the past, this was the first new building order for CSL from the Indian Coast GuardThese Fast Patrol Vessels are primarily intended for patrolling within the Exclusive Economic Zone & Coastal Patrol, carrying out anti smuggling, anti piracy and search & rescue operations, and for fisheries protection & monitoring. They also have a secondary role of providing a communication link, and escort coastal convoys, in times of hostilities and war.
The vessels are equipped with a long range gun and ultra-modern vessel control, navigation & communication tools. These FPVs are small in size when compared to the large vessels that Cochin Shipyard has built. But designing and building these vessels posed challenges to the yard as these are extremely weight sensitive vessels. The ship with a length of 50 metres, beam of 7.6 metres and a complement of 35 was contracted to achieve a speed of 33 knots. The displacement of the ship has a direct bearing on achieving this performance parameter and therefore weight control at the time of design, procurement and construction was of paramount importance. It is a measure of the outstanding professionalism of the shipyard that the weight control exercised on these ships right through the build process resulted in negligible difference between the design weight and actual weight. All the vessels delivered have achieved speeds in excess of the contracted speed during sea trials and surpassed the expectations of Indian Coast Guard with regard to the performance/operational requirements.