Bharati Defence and Infrastructure Ltd (BDIL) delivered high-speed interceptor boat ICG C-162 to Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at BDIL jetty in Mangaluru, Karnataka. It is fifth interceptor boat delivered by BDIL’s Mangaluru shipyard to ICG. The sixth boat will be delivered after three-and-a-half months of the delivery of the fifth boat.
A new high-speed interceptor ship C-162 built by Bharati Defence And Infrastructure Limited (BDIL) formerly known as Bharati Shipyard Ltd has been handed over to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at its to dock in Mangaluru, Karnataka. The C-16 class interceptor ship can do the patrolling at its home port, Kochi.
All the vessels in the series include a light weight aluminum hull, having a length close to of 28 meters, with a beam of 6 meters and drought of 1.2 meters. However, compared to the older Bharati-class interceptors, which come with twin MTU Caterpillar engines using a capacity of 1630 kW each, the new C-162 houses new generation Arneson Surface Drive (ASD) propulsion system, which is propelled by two engines of 1650 kW each and is capable of reaching speeds up to 35 knots.
The new C-164 is the sixth of the series of such interceptor boats delivered by BDIL. Others include C-154, C-155, C-156, C-158, and C-161. So far, BDIL has shipped 20 of the ships in various series to the ICG.
Sixth in a series of 15 high speed interceptor vessels being procured by the ICG, C-162 was launched on January 31 at BDIL and within 28 days, the vessel completed harbour and sea trials successfully achieving speeds more than the contractual limit of 35 knots, said a release from BDIL.
ICG’s Principal Director (Material) DIG H.P. Singh, Coast Safeguard Refit and Production Superintendent, Goa, DIG Atul Parlekar, BDIL’s Chief Operating Officer DIG (Retd.) Narendra Kumar, BDIL’s chief executive Pavithran Alokkan yet others were present on the occasion.
Features of ICG C-162
The 28-m-long vessel has an aluminium hull, weighs about 60 Dead-Weight Tonnage (DWT) and it is designed for boosts to 35 knots. It is fitted with a new era of Arneson Surface Drive propulsion system and is propelled by two engines of just one 1,650 KW each. The vessel can support 11 team and it is deployed mainly for patrolling purposes.
To be based at ICG’s Kochi unit, the vessel would be commanded by Deputy Commandant Pawan Koyar, while Deputy Commandant Sushant Deshmukh from Coastline Guard Refit and Creation Team, Goa, is the project officer for this group of vessels.
Having paid the fifth vessel of the series in November last, the present handover within about four months has infused new spirits among BDIL staff as the company was admitted to Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The successful delivery of C-162 under severe financial limitations comes as a shot in the arm for the company as it was accomplished on challenging fund constrained situation.
BDIL has got a committed team of technical officers and skilled employees through whom it is confident of delivering the remaining vessels of the series, the release added.
Bharati Defence And Infrastructure Limited
Bharati Defence And Infrastructure Limited (formerly Bharati Shipyard Small) is one of the largest shipbuilding companies in India.Bharati Shipyard is headquartered in Mumbai. It operates shipbuilding facilities in Ratnagiri, Dabhol, Mangalore and Kolkata. It has structural quality assurance facilities at Ghodbunder Road in Thane district. Its subsidiary, Pinky Shipyard, has shipbuilding facilities in Goa. Its subsidiary, Tebma Shipyard, has shipbuilding facilities in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.