Chennai’s L&T Shipyard has launched the seventh and final Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). ICGS Vigraha is the last in a contracted awarded to L&T by the Ministry of Defence in March 2015. The vessel is approximately 98m long, 15m wide, has 3.6m draught and a range of 5000 nautical miles. The design and construction process has been certified by American Bureau of Shipping as well as Indian Registrar of Shipping and overseen by the Indian Coast Guard’s resident team at Kattupalli.
Numerous benchmarks were set during the execution of the programme. For the first time, the entire design and construction of the OPV class of ships was undertaken by an Indian private sector shipyard and the yard has delivered five of the series so far, all ahead of the contracted schedule.
In just over a decade from the receipt of L&T’s first defence shipbuilding order in March 2010, L&T has in-house designed, constructed and delivered 59 defence vessels. These include the five OPVs, a Floating Dock and 53 Interceptor Boats. L&T also contributes to the upkeep of Indian Naval and Coast Guard fleets by routinely undertaking repairs, refits and upgrades including emergency repairs and inspections.