Com­mis­sion­ing of off­shore pa­trol ves­sel ICGS Shoor

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

The In­dian Coast Guard (ICG) ship Shoor, the sec­ond ship in the se­ries of six off­shore pa­trol ves­sels (OPV), was com­mis­sioned at Goa by Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter of Ship­ping, Road Trans­port and High­ways, on April 11, 2016, in the pres­ence of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ra­jen­dra Singh, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­dian Coast Guard; Rear Ad­mi­ral Shekar Mit­tal (Retd), CMD of Goa Ship­yard Limited (GSL) and other se­nior dig­ni­taries of the Cen­tral and State Govern­ments. Shoor, mean­ing ‘Valiant’, is a pro­jec­tion of ICG’s will and com­mit­ment ‘to serve and pro­tect’ the mar­itime in­ter­est.

This 105-me­tre OPV has been de­signed and built in­dige­nously by GSL and is fit­ted with most ad­vanced nav­i­ga­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, sen­sors and ma­chin­ery. The fea­tures in­clude 30mm CRN 91 naval gun, in­te­grated bridge sys­tem (IBS), in­te­grated ma­chin­ery con­trol sys­tem (IMCS), power man­age­ment sys­tem (PMS) and high power ex­ter­nal fire­fight­ing sys­tem. The ship is de­signed to carry one twin-en­gine light he­li­copter and five high speed boats in­clud­ing two QRIBs for fast board­ing oper­a­tions, search and res­cue, law en­force­ment and mar­itime pa­trol.

The ship draws 2,350 tonnes (GRT) and is pro­pelled by two 9,100 kW diesel en­gines to at­tain a max­i­mum speed of 23 knots. It has an en­durance of 6,000 nm at eco­nom­i­cal speed. The sus­te­nance and reach cou­pled with the lat­est and mod­ern equip­ment and sys­tems pro­vides her the ca­pa­bil­ity to per­form the role of a com­mand plat­form and ac­com­plish all the In­dian Coast Guard char­ter of du­ties.

The ship on join­ing Coast Guard fleet will be based at New Man­ga­lore and de­ployed ex­ten­sively for exclusive eco­nomic zone (EEZ) sur­veil­lance and other du­ties as en­shrined in Coast Guard char­ter, to safe­guard the mar­itime in­ter­ests of In­dia. ICGS Shoor will be manned by 14 of­fi­cers and 98 men com­manded by Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral Suren­dra Singh Dasila un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional con­trol of the Com­man­der, Coast Guard Re­gion (West).

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