Visakhapatnam, M/s Hindustan Shipyard Ltd delivered the third tug in the series of 50 Ton Bollard Pull Tugs ‘Balraj’ to Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on December 31. The contract for construction of 50 Ton Bollard Pull Tugs was concluded with M/s Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam at a cost of Rs. 260.70 crores on February 14, 2019.
These tugs have been designed and built under the classification rules of Indian Register for Shipping (IRS) with a service life of 20 years and are capable of assisting large naval ships, including Aircraft Carrier and Submarines in berthing, un-berthing, turning and manoeuvring in confined waters and in harbour. They also provide afloat firefighting cover/assistance to ships alongside/anchorage and have limited capability for Search and Rescue operations.
Induction of 50 Ton Bollard Pull Tugs has significantly augmented the auxiliary support services and enhanced the capability to meet high operational requirements of Fleet assets of Indian Navy. With all major and auxiliary equipment/system sourced from indigenous manufacturers, these tugs are proud flag bearers of “Make in India, Make for the World” initiatives of Ministry of Defence in consonance with “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
Tugs “Veeran” and “Balram” were inducted at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam and Naval Dockyard, Mumbai respectively on October 22, and October 30 this year respectively. Despite unprecedented challenges posed due to the impact of first and second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, M/s Hindustan Shipyard Ltd has put in untiring and concerted efforts to deliver these tugs to Indian Navy.