Ship maker Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) launched five vessels at one go from its building dock at Kochi. CSL achieved this rare feat, amidst the Covid -19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions.
The vessels launched are three ‘Floating Border Outpost Vessels (FBOP)’ for the Border Security Force and two 8000 DWT mini general cargo ships for JSW Shipping & Logistics. Last year, in November 2020, CSL had launched five vessels at one go as well.
The three FBOPs are important for the nation as it act as strategic base stations at the borders. Mukesh Tyagi, DIG, BSF said that FBOPs will significantly strengthen the BSF water wing deployed on the East and West international borders.
The three FBOPs, with a length of 46 metres are part of a series of nine vessels being built for the Water Wing of the Border Security Force. The vessels will act as a floating base for the flotilla of fast patrol boats and will supply petrol, fresh water and provisions to the smaller boats. They are to be deployed on India’s eastern and western borders.
The cargo vessels bult for JSW Shipping & Logistics will be a boost for the business through coastal and inland waterways. The Mini General Cargo Ships are part of a series of four similar ships being built for the JSW group. These ships will be used for transportation of dry bulk cargo such as coal, iron ore, dolomite, and limestone. These ships are expected to ply on the coastal route between Jaigarh Port and Dolvi Steel Plant in river Amba near Dharamtar Port.
The programme, one of the largest inland water transport cargo movements in India, is in line with the Indian government’s vision for the development of the coastal and inland water transport. JSW Shipping has planned one of the most ambitious coastal and inland transportation systems in the country.