Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has been selected as the successful bidder for development and delivery of new Survey Vessels for the Indian Navy.
With a total order value of Rs24.35bn ($329.52m), the contract for design, construction and supply of a fleet of four large Survey Vessels has been awarded by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The first vessel is slated to be delivered to the Indian Navy within three years, while the remaining three will be delivered within an interval of six months for each ship.
GRSE has been given 54 months for the completion of the project from the date of signing of the contract.
Once complete, the 110m-long Survey Vessel will have a deep displacement of 3,300t with the capability of full-scale coastal and deepwater hydrographic survey of ports and harbours, approaches and determination of navigational channels / routes.
In addition, the four ships will be deployed by the navy to perform surveys of maritime limits up to Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) / extended continental shelf, as well as for the collection of oceanographic and geophysical data for defence applications.
The fleet will also operate in secondary roles of performing limited search-and-rescue and ocean research missions, in addition to operating as a hospital / casualty holding ship.
Vessels will be constructed by the company according to Classification Society Rules and Naval Ship Regulations. They will be fitted with advanced hydrographic equipment and sensors, including a Hello Hanger to accommodate one advanced light helicopter.
Vessels will also conform to the latest Marine Pollution (MARPOL) Standards of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
In April 2016, the request for proposal was issued to four public sector undertaking (PSU) shipyards, which are GRSE, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), in addition to two Indian private shipyards.