The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a contract for the provision of classification services for four large survey vessels for the Indian Navy. These 110m long vessels, which will be constructed by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers of Kolkata, are the largest hydrographic survey vessels ever constructed for the Indian Navy.
IRClass has also been awarded the classification services contract for two diving support vessels by Hindustan Shipyard, again to be built for the Indian Navy. These are the first ever specialised diving support vessels to be constructed in India, thereby representing another important milestone for the Indian maritime sector.
Arun Sharma, IRClass’ executive chairman, points out that that the contract results from forward thinking strategic decisions taken by the company. He adds, “We envisioned opportunities in the defence sector which led us to create a dedicated Defence Division within IRClass. These orders have also come in the wake of our development of Naval Rules and Guidelines, with the co-operation of the Indian Navy, to meet the specialist needs of these types of vessels.”
IRClass indicates that it is hoping to continue to work closely with the Indian Navy and Coast Guard on future projects.