The Ministry of Defense, on Tuesday, signed a contract with Public Sector Undertaking GRSE Limited to build four survey vessels for Indian Navy. Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) Limited, Kolkata bagged this contract in a competitive bidding process.
The order value of the four vessels is 2435.15 crore. GRSE has orders worth Rs. 22,604 crores in its hand. It is also handling the project of making three stealth frigates for Navy under P17A Project. As for the survey vessels, the first vessel will be delivered within 36 months from the signing of the contract. The remaining will be delivered in six months interval for each vessel.
These large vessels are 110 meters long, having the deep displacement capacity of 3300 tonnes and a complement of 231. They will be undertaking surveys of maritime limits up to EEZ/ extended continental shelf. They will be capable of full scale coastal and deep water hydro-graphic survey of ports and harbors, approaches and determination of navigational channels/ routes.
Apart from this, they will also be collecting oceanographic and geophysical data for defense applications. They will also perform limited research and rescue operations, will act as a hospital ship and casualty holding ships and perform limited ocean research.
These survey vessels will be built as per Classification Society Rules and Naval Ships Regulations. They will also adhere to the Marine Pollution Standards of the International Organization (IMO). They will be equipped with state of the art hydrographic equipment and sensors besides one Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
GRSE has delivered about 98 warships to the Indian Navy in its 58 years lifetime so far, the company to deliver the highest number of warships to Indian Navy. The warships made by GRSE include Anti Submarine Warfare Corvettes, Advanced Frigates, Fleet Tankers, and Fast Attack Crafts. It also has a shipyard which has credits in its name for many innovations and design.
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