GSL DELIVERS “SECOND 1000T FUEL BARGE” AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TO INDIAN NAVY
In keeping with GSL’s tradition of ‘ahead of schedule delivery’, 2nd Fuel Barge of 4 nos 1000 T Fuel Barge series for Indian Navy was delivered by GSL on 2nd Dec 2017, 33 days ahead of contractual delivery schedule, and inducted into the services of Indian Navy by RAdm Narayan Prasad, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Vishakhapattnam.
Navy was in need of self propelled 1000T Fuel Barges, with a view to fuel big ships like INS Vikramaditya for a long time. This contract for construction of 4x1000T Fuel barges was signed between GSL and Indian Navy on 4th Jun 2015. GSL has already delivered the first 1000 T Fuel barge on 17th August 2017 as per the contractual schedule.
This 1000T Fuel barge has primary role of replenishing LSHSD, AVCAT and other oils for ships in harbor, at Anchorage & even at distant location and is powered with two 1800 BHP engines, two 250KVA generators and five Cargo pumps with a capacity of 100T per hour to achieve the main role of fuel transfer. The barge is over 68 meters in length, 12 meters in beam and can attain a max speed of 14 Knots with an endurance of 800 Nautical miles. The vessel has a novel hull design with bulbous bow and equipped with the state of art Navigational aids like Radar, DGPS, Echo Sounder etc, making it capable to operate in sea state 4 and survivability upto extreme sea state of 6. Modern tools and techniques like software simulation and model testing have been used for the refinement of the design before construction.
This vessel has a compliment of 26 persons and is fitted with best of the class modular accommodation, providing better living space and comfort to ship crew.
CMD GSL, in his message, has complemented local industry of Goa which was actively involved in the Project.