Ministry of Defense enters into an agreement with GSL for construction of two pollution control vessels for Indian Coast Guard
The Ministry of Defense has entered into an agreement with Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on June 22, 2021 for the construction of two Pollution Control Ships (PCVs) worth Rs 583 crore for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). These special ships with indigenous design will be developed by Goa Shipyard Limited. This is done in accordance with the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured (Buy Indian – IDDM) policy regarding defense materials. This is the top priority category for defense purchases. These ships will enhance the efficiency of the Indian Coast Guard in responding to oil spill disasters at sea. The two ships are scheduled to arrive in November 2024 and May 2025, respectively.
At present, the Indian Coast Guard has three pollution control vessels at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Porbandar dedicated to Indian EEZ and surrounding islands for pollution monitoring, oil spill monitoring / response procedures. The new planned pollution control ships are for the needs of the eastern and environmentally sensitive Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The ship will be equipped with a number of state-of-the-art features, including helicopter utilization capabilities, including micro-technical equipment that will go to the corners and work, including the ability to collect spilled oil from the ship and destroy the spilled oil.
In line with the objectives of the Self-Reliant India Mission, the agreement will increase the capacity of indigenous shipbuilding and provide employment to about 200 vendors under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the shipbuilding sector.