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Hindustan Shipyard inks MoU with Eker Group, Vaanmoto to build high-speed boats

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New Delhi: Miniratna Defence PSU, Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) has entered into a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eker Group of Norway and Vaanmoto to explore business opportunities in the field of manufacturing high-speed boats. The MoU was signed last week on March 16. HSL is collaborating with the Eker Group as well as Vaanmoto for manufacturing the speed boats in India under the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

According to HSL, these speedboats are high-end boats with smart, flexible solutions with superior manoeuvrability, which can be operated from the shore up to a maximum speed of 75 knots. The boats with a complement of four crew members and four passengers are equipped with navigation and communication equipment.

The high-end platforms can easily adapt to the roles of search and rescue, surveillance, anti-submarine warfare, mine countermeasures, ambulances, firefighters and harbour control and close protection.

HSL is a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Defence. It is located in Visakhapatnam on the east coast of India. While Eker is a Norwegian company that designs, constructs and sells ferries, leisure boats and professional boats, especially suitable for defence and law enforcement. 

Vaanmoto is an Indian startup, that is involved in the manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles that include engines, brakes, gearboxes, axles, wheels and suspension.

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