The first of two bunker fuel barges being built for the Indian Navy by Titagarh Wagons Limited (TWL) was launched at Kolkata on 17 May 2018.
The barge is designed to replenish bunker fuel and other types of products such as LSHSD, AVCAT, and fresh water to warships in harbour and at anchorage, according to the Indian Navy.
It is capable of speeds up to 12 knots and has an endurance of 500 nautical miles, and has a collapsible mast which will enable her to berth alongside an aircraft carrier due to the large overhang of the flight deck.
"This 68-metre long ship has a displacement of 2,000 tonnes and is vital for enhancing naval operations at sea by replenishing strategic assets like the aircraft carrier in the anchorage," said J. P. Chowdhary, Chairman of TWL.
Vice Admiral MS Pawar, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command was the Chief Guest for the launching ceremony and Smt Meena Pawar formally launched the barge in accordance with naval traditions.
"It may be a small step in warship building activity in the country, but it is a giant leap for private ship building in India for the Indian Navy," he noted while complementing TWL for launching the vessel ahead of schedule.
TWL started construction of the two bunker barges in May 2017; the vessels are among the first being constructed by TWL after its entry into the shipbuilding business.
Photo credit: Indian Navy
Published: 23 May, 2018
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