The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), is establishing a strong position in the naval ship sector. Most recently it has secured an order to provide classification services for nine floating border outposts (FBOPs) and 36 patrol boats of the Border Security Force of India (BSF).
India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has stipulated that the FBOPs, besides being built to IRClass rules, are also maintained in class for 13 years after delivery. In addition, the scope of inspection services ordered with IRClass for these vessels extends well beyond standard class requirements.
The FBOPs are self-propelled and are equipped with navigation, communication and surveillance systems, as well as modern accommodation facilities for their crews and for the crews of the attached patrol boats.
Each FBOP is designed to function as a floating border monitoring post which can be deployed at desired locations in the riverine areas of India’s international borders. The vessels are also capable of providing logistical support to four smaller patrol boats. The FBOPs will be constructed at the Cochin Shipyard and will be built in accordance with the rules of IRClass.
In another project for the Border Security Force of India, a fleet of nine 20m medium craft is under construction under the classification of IRClass. These boats are designed to carry out day and night coastal patrol and surveillance operations in coastal areas.