On Wednesday, the Larsen and Toubro (L&T) handed over the Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Vikram to the Indian Coast Guard at L&T’s Defence shipyard at Kattupalli. The vessel is designed and built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T). It was commissioned in the presence of Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre.
Nearly seven new generation Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) will be constructed by the L&T who won the contract in March 2015, under the government’s initiative of ‘Make in India’.
“It is a momentous occasion for L&T to become the first private Indian shipyard to deliver an in-house designed Offshore Patrol Vessel to MoD. L&T Shipyards have achieved unmatched stellar delivery performance in prestigious MoD contracts for 54 Interceptor Boats for Coast Guard, Floating Dock project for Navy and now the OPV for Coast Guard,” Mr. Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD, Larsen & Toubro, said in a statement to the media.
The vessel has a total displacement of 140 tonnes and is approximately 97m long, 15m wide, has 3.6m draught. It is also capable of handling helicopter operations.