India: SCI Takes Delivery of New PSV from Cochin Shipyard
Today, Cochin Shipyard Limited delivered the new high-tech Rolls Royce Platform Supply Vessel of UT 755 CD design. The ship “SCI Nalanda’ was delivered to Shipping Corporation of India in the presence of the CMD, SCI, Shri S Hajara and CMD, CSL, Cmde K Subramaniam.
The Protocol documents of the ship were signed in the yard by Capt. R S Sundar, Director (Operations) on behalf of CSL and Capt. K Devadas, Senior Vice President (T&OS), on behalf of SCI Symbolizing the acquisition of the new vessel Capt. VSM Nair, Master designate of the vessel received the registration documents of the vessel from Shri S Hajara.
This is the first in the series of two high technology offshore vessels being built by CSL for SCI and is based on the UT 755 CD design of Rolls Royce. With the delivery of this high end, high performance vessel, Cochin Shipyard enters the league of select international yards capable of building such vessels.
The vessel is dually classed under the Rules and Regulations of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and registered under the Indian flag with Mumbai as the homeport. This 79 x 16 Metre vessel is a high end Diesel Electric PSV with 4 Nos 994 KW Diesel gensets and 2 Nos 1470 KW Azimuth thrusters. The vessel with redundant dynamic positioning (DP2) system features has been assigned the ‘CLEAN DESIGN’ notation by DNV signifying the highest levels of environmental compliance. The vessel complies with the highest levels of Comfort class COMF-V(3)C(3) requirement which signifies extremely low noise and vibration level as also high degree of human comfort in the accommodation.
The NAUT OSV (A) notation on the vessel means that the vessel’s bridge systems are laid down meeting stringent ergonomic and safety requirements. The vessel is also equipped with external fire fighting (FiFi-1) equipment, inerted stainless steel tanks for carriage of low flash liquids like methanol and is fully outfitted to meet UKOOA type-C requirements for emergency rescue and recovery functions for up to 20 rescues. The above features mean that the vessel is in the highest grade of PSVs which can meet the most demanding requirements of all global oil majors.
The second & last vessel in the series is expected to be delivered next month to SCI.
Cochin Shipyard is presently constructing 28 ships – 20 Fast Patrol Vessels for Coast Guard, 7 Offshore Support ships to Indian and Foreign owners and the prestigious Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy. The yard had completed the technical float out of the Aircraft Carrier in Dec 2011 after completing a record 15000 Tons of work in 3 years. The yard continued to post good financial performance even in the aftermath of the withdrawal of shipbuilding subsidy by GOI.
Source: CochinShipyard, August 14, 2012; Image: Rolls Royce