Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) on 8 January 2013 launched the first fast patrol vessel (FPV), built for the Indian Coast Guard.
The vessel which is named Aadesh was launched by Jayasree Muralidharan, in the presence of M.P. Muralidharan, Director General of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and K. Subramaniam, Chairman and Managing Director of the Coast Guard.
The vessel is the first in a series of 20 numbers fast patrol vessel (FPVs) contracted by CSL for the Indian Coast Guard. The contract was signed in year 2010 with of which the delivery the last vessel scheduled for 2017.
The ship was designed by the Kochi-based SEDS and this is the first association between CSL and a local design house. The yard also launched two other platform supply vessels for PSV Holdings Inc, Cyprus.
Specification of Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV)
• It has a designed speed of 33 knots with propelled water jets to attain the speed.
• Its primary role includes fisheries protection and monitoring, patrol within exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and coastal patrol, anti smuggling, search and rescue operations and for anti piracy operations.
• The secondary role of vessel is to provide communication link and escort convoys during hostilities and war time.
• Although it is small in size and complex but is technologically very challenging.
Cochin Shipyard currently has 27 ships on order consisting of 20 FPVs, five offshore support ships for Indian and foreign owners, one buoy tender vessel for the Department of Lighthouses and Lightships and the Prestigious Aircraft Carrier for the Indian Navy.
About Cochin Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV)
Cochin Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV) are basically chain of 20 patrol boats being built by Cochin shipyard Limited for the Indian Coast Guard at its shipyard located at Cochin in state of Kerala.
• The Vessels have length of 50 m and can attain speed of 35 Knots.
• Each vessel is powered by three Tognum supplied 16V 4000 M90 engines with an output of 2,720 kW (3,648 bhp) each in combination with three Rolls-Royce Kamewa 71S3np water jets to enable them to operate in shallow waters and offer higher speeds and better maneuverability than conventional propellers.
• The vessels roles include coastal patrolling, anti-smuggling missions, fisheries protection, as well as search and rescue duties.