Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has won a contract to provide classification services for a fleet of Fast Patrol Boats and Landing Craft Assault (LCAs) vessels currently under construction for the Indian Army.
The Indian Army placed an order with Goa Shipyard to build 12 Fast Patrol Boats in January this year. These boats will be deployed for surveillance and patrolling of large water bodies, including those in high altitude areas like Pangong Tso lake in Ladakh. The boats are expected to be delivered by May 2021.
IRClass is also certifying a series of high speed Landing Craft Assault (LCAs) ships, which are already under construction at Aquarius Shipyard, Goa. These craft are similarly being built for high altitude, low temperature specialised operations.
The contract follows on from IRClass’ success in obtaining orders for classification and certification of several major projects of the Indian Navy, including several large survey vessels, Diving Support craft, corvettes and various types of vessels.
IRClass is also engaged in providing its services to other paramilitary and government services, including the Indian Coast Guard, Border Security Force (BSF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Police Departments amongst others.