The cutting of the first steel plate, the initial step in the construction of a ship, took place at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for Ship No. 20 of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday.
Y. Sreenivas Rao, scientist and project director of the Ship No.20 project, DRDO, Hyderabad, cut the first steel plate by switching on the plate cutting machine. The ceremony was conducted in the hull shop of the yard. Madhu S. Nair, chairman and managing director, directors, officers, supervisors and workmen of the CSL were present. Senior representatives from the Indian Register of Shipping and DNV-GL, the classification societies for the vessel, also attended the ceremony, said a release.
The ship with a length of 118.4 metre, width of 20 metre and draft of 7.1 metre and having a weight of 3,900 tonne, was contracted in last August. The CSL is currently building a barge for the National Petroleum Construction Company, Abu Dhabi. The shipyard has started the design work for two vessels of “1,200 passenger cum 1,000 tonne cargo” capacity and another two “500 passenger cum 150 tonne cargo” capacity vessels for the Andaman and Nicobar Administration.
The shipyard has already delivered 18 of the 20 Fast Patrol Vessels built for the Coast Guard and the remaining two vessels are getting ready for delivery. The Ro-Ro vessels for the Kochi Corporation are also scheduled to be delivered soon.