The public sector Cochin Shipyard has sought to end the blues of the pandemic by launching five ships from its construction dock in Kochi on Thursday. The day also saw the keel laying for two ships.
The vessels launched are two mini general cargo vessels, each with a deadweight tonnage of 8,000 tonnes, for JSW Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd, and three Border Outpost Floating Vessels (FBOP) for the Border Security Force ( BSF). Meanwhile, keel laying was carried out for two other general mini-cargo ships for JSW Shipping and Logistics.
The shipyard has taken this step amid the COVID-19 pandemic by working with available resources taking all necessary precautions, a statement said.
The five ships were launched by Rameetha K – scientist “G” at the Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory, a DRDO laboratory – who is the wife of CMD shipyard, Madhu S. Nair. Mr. Nair and Pranab K Jha, vice-president of JSW Shipping, laid the keel of the two vessels. Senior officials from the shipyard were present on the occasion.
The mini-freighters launched on Thursday are part of a series of four similar ships under construction for the JSW Group. These ships are built and classified to Indian Shipping Register standards and will be used for the transport of dry bulk cargoes such as coal, iron ore, dolomite and limestone. The vessels, 122 meters in length and 7.20 meters in height and a speed of 10 knots, will have a crew of 16 crew members. These ships are expected to travel along the coastal route between Jaigarh Port and the Dolvi Steel Plant on the Amba River, near Dharamtar Port.
The three FBOPs, each 46 meters in length, are one of a series of nine vessels being built for the Border Security Force Water. These ships are designed in-house by Cochin Shipyard and listed by Indian Register of Shipping. Each FBOP is designed with stowage arrangements for four fast patrol boats, which can be launched and hoisted using its own davit system. The ships will serve as a floating base for the fast patrol flotilla and provide gasoline, fresh water and provisions for small boats and are intended for deployment to the eastern and western borders of India.