Commissioning of offshore patrol vessel ICGS Shoor
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).