vessels for the Coast Guard. “We have also concluded negotiations with
the Navy for construction of eight-Landing Craft Utility (LCU) for which
contract will be signed shortly.”
On the offshore patrol vessel being designed and built for the Mauritius Police,
he said the laying of keel for its first block would take place in
September. “Although the contractual delivery period for the
75-metre-long, 1,200-tonne vessel is 42 months, we are trying to advance
According to Rear Admiral (retd.) Sekhar, the construction of the Car
Nicobar-class fast attack crafts (FAC) for the Navy would end this month
when the shipyard would deliver the last vessel — the 10th — in the
series. The shipyard was also eager to bag the contract from the Navy
to build, in tandem with Mazagaon Dock Ltd., seven stealth frigates
under project 17 A.
“They will be bigger than the Shivalik [class of stealth frigates], with
more advanced weapon fit and better stealth features. The clearance for
this is expected by year-end. We are also anticipating a follow-on
order from the Navy for FACs. The FACs we have delivered have done
exceedingly well and are of tremendous use in anti-smuggling,
anti-poaching and anti-piracy operations,” he said.
He said the ongoing modernisation drive would help the shipyard speed up
the construction of vessels. “We do integrated modular construction and
with the new facilities, we can double our capacity to simultaneously
build bigger ships.”
The yard, he said, had strengthened its Engineering Department, which had patented an easy-to-install portable steel bridge.
“It’s in high demand from the Border Roads Organisation as well as in
the power sector. We got a turnover of Rs. 60 crore from this last
The fully automated indigenous Common Helicopter Traversing System that
the shipyard developed with technical support from the U.K.-based
Mactagart Scott would be installed on the helicopter deck of the ASW
corvettes under construction.