A newly built, technologically sophisticated buoy tender multipurpose vessel, MV Indira Point, was delivered to the Directorate General of Light Houses and Light Ships (DGLL India) in April after being completing ahead of schedule by India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd.
under close supervision of Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass).
Built at a cost of approximately $25 million by Cochin under single class, the vessel is 72 meters long, 1,350 tons DWT, fitted with Hele-deck and a 35 tons capacity crane for handling buoys in deep seas.
“This single class project and its successful completion represents a major step forward for IRClass,” said IRClass chairman and managing director, Arun Sharma
. “Not only was the vessel delivered early, IRClass was also able to offer significant technical inputs to the Cochin shipyard and this relationship bodes well for the future as we believe there will be further orders for this kind of sophisticated vessel.”
“The on time to specification delivery shows IRClass is now able to handle some of the most sophisticated tonnage and we hope to win more as a result of this progress,” Sharma continued. “This is an apt example of ‘Make in India’ where a ship for DGLL is built by Cochin Shipyard with the construction overseen by SCI and classed by IRClass under
the Indian flag.”
Cochin Shipyard’s chairman and managing director said in his address at the vessel’s delivery, “I am proud to state that CSL has been able to deliver the ship two months ahead of time of the contractual delivery date. This has been possible because of the excellent team work between all stake holders, the Ministry, DGLL, CSL, SCI and IRS.”