Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Mangalore Customs Commissionerate commissioned its second sea patrol vessel here on Wednesday.

The first vessel, named Vijay, was commissioned in 2007.

The new vessel, which costs Rs. 3.5 crore, can attain a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots. The 20-m-long vessel set sail from Mumbai on November 27 and reached the New Mangalore Port the next day after an overnight halt at Karwar, Superintendent of Customs Shivaprasad told presspersons here on Wednesday.

The vessel is fitted with two 1,000 HP engines and carries 11,000 litres of diesel on board. The vessel consumes 400 litres of diesel an hour at full speed. A trip to Karwar and back from Mangalore would cost about Rs. 1.5 lakh, he said.

The vessel was equipped with state-of-the-art communication and navigation systems, he said.

The new vessel was exclusively for the use of the department, Mr. Shivaprasad said. However, it could also be used for joint operations with the Coast Guard and the Coastal Security Police.