ABG’s Advance Pollution Control vessel for Coast Guard
India’s largest private shipbuilder, ABG Shipyard has built country’s second pollution control vessel (PCV), Samudra Paheredar, for the Indian Coast Guard and will be commissioned tomorrow.
ABG Shipyard, India’s largest private shipbuilding company has built what is considered to be one of the most advanced pollution control vessel in the world. Christened Samudra Paheredar the vessel is set to be commissioned tomorrow and will be inducted into the service of the Indian Coast Guard in the presence of Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chief of Naval Staff.
This is the second in a series of three vessels ordered by the Indian Coast Guard dedicated to combatting environmental disasters caused by oil spills. Samudra Paheredar has the capability to recover and store 300 tons of spilled oil from the sea as also continuously recover and transfer oil through floating barges.
According to the company the vessel is also fitted with a state-of-the-art integrated platform management system which provides the ship with the unique capability of controlling all machinery including main engines from six different locations, throughout the ship, through portable stations or even laptops.
Equipped with a maritime helicopter and advanced external firefighting system, this 4300 tonne vessel is the largest and most sophisticated vessel to be inducted into the Indian Coast Guard fleet and would thus considerably enhance its capabilities in coastal protection. The “Infra-Red Surveillance System” installed onboard is an additional capability for the ship’s crew to detect targets at night.
The 94 meter vessel has a gross displacement of 4300 tonnes and maximum draft of 4.5 meters. The vessel has a top speed in excess of 20 knots with a total combined propulsive power of over 9000 KW available from two main engines. At economical speed, it has an endurance to stay at sea for more than 20 days.
Commenting about the vessel, Rishi Agarwal, Chairman of ABG Shipyard said that ABG would continue to be resilient in its efforts to use best available technology to help protect the environment.
The flagship company of the ABG group, ABG Shipyard Ltd has carved out a distinct niche for itself as an established manufacturer and service provider for a variety of ships, such as bulk carriers, diving support vessels, anchor handling supply ships, anchor handling supply ships, anchor handling tugs, dynamic positioning vessels, cement carriers and vessels for the defence forces including high speed interceptors boats, training ships etc.
Till date the shipyard has delivered more than 156 ships of different complexities for domestic and international customers. ABG Shipyard’s client base extends to Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East, with over 90 per cent of its existing order book comprising of exports. Significantly, more than 50 per cent of the orders are from repeat customers. At an average ABG has been delivering one vessel every 7 weeks.