Anil Ambani-led shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering (RNEL) Wednesday launched a 3,000-tonne training ship for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), which will be delivered in May next year.
The 105-metre long training vessel, the largest ship ever built for the ICG, at the cost of Rs 220 crore, is named ‘ICGS Varuna’, and was launched at the shipyard of RNEL at the Pipavav Port in Amreli district of Gujarat.
On the occasion, RNEL chief executive officer Debashis Bir told the gathering that the ship would be delivered to the ICG in May 2019. “The vessel will join the Indian Coast Guard fleet in May 2019 after extensive tests and trials,” he said. Bir said that the 105-metre long vessel is having the capacity to accommodate 242 personnel.
“The training ship has a primary role to impart sea training to cadets as well giving them exposure to the lives of coast guard officers. The vessel is powered by twin diesel engines and can move at a speed of 20 knots,” said Bir.
He said RNEL at present is constructing 20 ships of three different categories for the defence services of the country. Read More
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