New Delhi: Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Ports, Ships and Waterways, has successfully delivered the second lot of three floating border out-post (FBOPs) vessels to the Border Security Force (BSF). CSL had received orders for building nine such FBOPs from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to protect the nation’s water borders. According to the company, three more vessels are likely to be delivered in the coming months.
The Ministry of Home Affairs in March 2019, had placed orders for the design, construction and supply of nine FBOPs for the water wing of the Border Security Force. The FBOPs with an overall length of 46 meters and a breadth of 12 meters are designed for deployment in Inland waters of India, specifically in the creek area of Kutch (Gujarat) and Sunderbans of West Bengal. The vessels are designed in-house by CSL and classed by the Indian Register of Shipping and each FBOP vessel are designed with stowage arrangements for four fast patrol boats, which can be launched and hoisted using its own davit system. The vessel shall act as the floating base for the flotilla of fast patrol boats. The vessel is to supply petrol, fresh water and provisions to the smaller boats.
Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) was incorporated in the year 1972 as a fully owned Government of India company. In the last three decades, the company has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian shipbuilding and ship repair industry. This yard can build and repair the largest vessels in India. The first greenfield and presently the most modern shipbuilding yard in India, it has an enviable reputation for building high-quality ships. CSL with its proven expertise is perfectly positioned to offer a flexible range of products such as tankers, product carriers, bulk carriers, passenger vessels, high bollard pull tugs, air defence ship, etc.
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