L&T Launches Third Offshore Patrol Vessel
Larsen And Toubro Limited's Shipyard at Kattupalli launched the third offshore patrol vessel (OPV-3) at the hands of Mrs. Sunita Nautiyal in the august presence of the Chief Guest, Additional Director General KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM, Coast Guard Commander Eastern Seaboard.
Larsen & Toubro is currently executing the Ministry of Defence Contract of 2015 to design and construct seven OPVs and deliver them to the Indian Coast Guard between 2018 to 2021. The first of Class OPV-1 (ICGS Vikram, launched in October 2017) was handed over in April 2018 and commissioned ahead of contracted schedule. OPV-2 was launched on 20th January 2018 and is about to be handed over to the Coast Guard.
L&T has maintained a consistent and impeccable record of delivery of Defence Ships ahead of schedule since inception. Thus far, 40 Interceptor Boats have been delivered out of the series of 54 Boats being built for the Coast Guard and the remaining 14 are also ready for delivery, with the program being about two years ahead of schedule. The Floating Dock FDN2 for the Navy, designed and built for the first time in India, was delivered in March 2018 and is fully operational at Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The Defence shipbuilding projects at L&T are befitting illustrations of ‘Make in India’, as OPVs, FDN and IBs have all been designed and constructed completely in-house, apart from being delivered to the defence forces ahead of contracted schedule, thereby hugely and promptly contributing to the nation’s security infrastructure.
L&T’s state-of-the-art defence shipyard at Kattupalli features a ship-lift system along with multiple dry and wet berths that enable concurrent construction of multiple ships. Building them modularly under covered workshops and finishing on building berths on land yields unmatched pace and level of completion before launch leading to faster induction in Defence services. Currently, work is simultaneously in progress on the fourth, fifth and sixth OPVs at different levels of completion.