Union Defence Ministry has signed a contract worth Rs 2,435.15 crore with public sector Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata for manufacturing of four survey vessels aimed at boosting the capabilities of Indian Navy. The project completion time is 54 months from date of signing the contract. The first ship will be delivered within 36 months and remaining within an interval of six months for each vessel.
- These survey vessels will be 110 metre long with deep displacement capacity of 3,300 tonnes.
- They will be equipped with highly advanced state-of-the-art hydrographic equipment and sensors including “Hello Hanger” to accommodate one advanced light helicopter.
- The design and construction of these vessels will be as per Classification Society Rules and Naval Ship Regulations and also conform to latest MARPOL (Marine Pollution) Standards of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
These vessels will be used for full-scale coastal and deep-water hydrographic survey of ports and harbours, approaches and determination of navigational channels and routes. They will be also used to undertake surveys of maritime limits up to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and extended continental shelf.They will be deployed for collection of oceanographic and geophysical data for defence applications.
Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) :
It is a defence PSU and one of India’s leading state-owned shipyards, located in Kolkata, West Bengal. It builds and repairs commercial and naval vessels. It has also started building export ships.It was founded in 1884 as a small privately owned company on the eastern bank of Hooghly River. It was renamed as Garden Reach Workshop in 1916.It was nationalised by Government in 1960.It has a Miniratna status. It is the first Indian shipyard to build 100 warships.It is currently handling a major project to make three Stealth Frigates for Indian Navy under P17A Project.