Cochin Shipyard Delivers Three Floating Border Out-Post Vessels To BSF


Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has successfully delivered the second lot of three Floating Border Out-Post (FBOPs) vessels to the Border Security Force, an official release said on Friday (28 January).

Three more vessels are likely to be delivered in the coming months, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said in a release.

The Ministry of Home Affairs in March 2019 had placed orders for Design, Construction and Supply of nine FBOPs for the water wing of Border Security Force, the Shipping Ministry said.

The FBOPs with an overall length of 46 metre and breadth of 12 metre are designed for deployment in Inland waters of India, specifically in the creek area of Kutch (Gujarat) and Sunderbans of West Bengal.

The vessels are designed in-house by CSL and classed by Indian Register of Shipping and each FBOP vessel are designed with stowage arrangements for four fast patrol boats, which can be launched and hoisted using its own davit system.

The vessel will act as the floating base for the flotilla of fast patrol boats. The vessel will supply petrol, fresh water and provisions to the smaller boats.

Cochin Shipyard, which comes under the Ministry of Shipping, was incorporated in the year 1972 as a fully owned Government of India company. I

The CSL, which is the first greenfield and presently the most modern shipbuilding yard in the country, can build and repair the largest vessels in India.

CSL started offering ship repair services in 1982 and has undertaken upgrades and repairs for all types of ships including ships for the oil exploration industry.