New Delhi: The Defence Ministry on Tuesday signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) for the development of two air pollution management vessels for the Indian Coast Guard at a value of about Rs 583 crore, officers stated.
The ships are being procured to considerably increase the aptitude of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) to answer incidents of oil spills on the sea and in addition increase the drive’s air pollution response mechanism.
These two vessels are scheduled for supply by November 2024 and Could 2025 respectively.
The defence ministry stated the “particular function ships” will probably be indigenously designed, developed and constructed by GSL.
“The acquisition will considerably increase the aptitude of ICG to answer oil spill disasters at sea,” it stated.
At current, ICG has three air pollution management vessels (PCVs) in its fleet at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Porbander to hold out devoted air pollution surveillance, oil spill monitoring and response operations within the Indian unique financial zone and islands round it.
“The brand new PCVs deliberate are for air pollution response necessities in japanese and the ecologically delicate Andaman and Nicobar areas,” the ministry stated in a press release.
“The vessels, with the aptitude of working helicopter on board, may have many superior options with trendy air pollution response tools of area of interest expertise for holding, recovering and dispersing of the marine oil spill,” it stated.
The ministry stated the contract would additional increase the indigenous shipbuilding functionality and improve employment alternatives within the shipbuilding sector that includes round 200 MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) distributors.