The Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd for construction of two Pollution Control Vessels for Indian Coast Guard today. The Defence Ministry has said that it has been done at a cost of about Rs 583 crore. It said that the acquisition is under ‘Buy Indian – Indigenously Designed Developed & Manufactured’, the highest priority category for defence capital procurements. The acquisition will significantly augment the capability of Indian Coast Guard to respond to Oil spill disasters at sea and enhance Pollution Response efficiency.
The vessels, with capability of operating helicopters onboard, will have many advanced features with modern Pollution Response equipment of niche technology for containing, recovering and dispersing marine oil spills. These two vessels are scheduled for delivery by November 2024 and May 2025 respectively. The ministry added that while meeting the objectives of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the contract would further boost the indigenous shipbuilding capability and increase employment opportunities in the shipbuilding sector.