Indian shipbuilder ABG Shipyard has won an order from the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) to build six offshore support vessels.

The 80-ton bollard pull anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels will have a length of 63m and will be equipped with twin screw diesel engine driven 2000 OWT. Deliveries of the vessels will be done at two month intervals from the 15th to 25th months from the date of signing of the contract.

ABG Shipyard, which is engaged in the business of carrying shipbuilding and ship repair business, said the AHTS vessels will be used to handle anchors for oil rigs, as well as also serve as emergency rescue and recovery vessels.

Including the latest order, ABG’s order book now stands at INR166bn ($3.35bn), whilst SCI has expanded its offshore newbuilding programme to 12 anchor-handlers and two supply ships.

Earlier this month, Cochin Shipyard launched two new platform supply vessels ordered by SCI, BY-85-SCI Nalanda and BY-86-SCI Yamuna.

The two ships are UT 755 CD-type platform supply vessels, designed by Rolls-Royce Marine, Norway, and are dual-classed under the rules and regulations of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Both the vessels will have a length of 78m, width of 16m and height of 7m, will have high-end diesel electric PSVs with four 910 KW diesel generator sets and two 1470-KW input power azimuth thrusters.

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On 18 January 2012, SCI had also taken delivery of a Supramax Bulk carrier, Vishva Ekta, which is the fourth vessel of the company’s six Supramax bulk carriers ordered at STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding, China.

Delivery of the remaining two vessels is scheduled for February and March 2012.

SCI currently has 81 vessels with a dwt (deadweight tonnage) of 5.82 million tons and an average age of 14 years. The company intends to augment the size of its fleet to 93 vessels with cumulative dwt of 6.17 million tons.