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November 17, 2014

India’s Cochin Shipyard launches new buoy tender vessel

India's Cochin Shipyard has launched a new buoy tender vessel, which is being constructed for the Director General of Light Houses and Light Ships.

India’s Cochin Shipyard has launched a new buoy tender vessel, which is being constructed for the Director General of Light Houses and Light Ships.

The vessel has been named Indira Point in memory of 20 personnel from the department of light houses and light ships who lost their lives during the tsunami of 2004.

This multi-purpose ship will carry out duties such as the transportation and placement of buoys in position at deep seas, recovery and maintenance of buoys, towing and mooring of light vessels, and distress management.

"The vessel has been named Indira Point in memory of 20 personnel…who lost their lives during the tsunami of 2004." 

In addition, the vessel will be used for the transportation of equipment and materials in containers, for repairing light houses in remote islands.

Constructed using the Rolls-Royce Marine UT 755 S design, the vessel will meet the classification requirements of the Indian Register of Shipping.

Cochin Shipyard received the contract in 2012 and is expected to deliver the vessel in June 2015. Currently, the shipyard is working on 12 fast patrol vessels and one aircraft carrier, along with the present vessel.

In September this year, India’s shipping ministry approved an R12bn ($196.5m) investment in Cochin Shipyard in order to set-up a dry dock facility for building LNG carrier ships.

The shipyard was also assigned to construct dredgers at a cost of around R5bn ($81.9m) for Paradip Port in Odisha and the Dredging Corporation of India, in collaboration with foreign technology suppliers, as well as building cargo and passenger vessels.

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