Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premier container port has
hired a new multi-purpose utility launch (MPUL) from M/s SHM Shipcare, Mumbai
recently. The utility launch is manufactured in India. MPUL will be
deployed to combat minor oil spill within the port area, collecting floating
debris on a daily basis, a step towards green and cleaner port. The launch is
having a cruising speed at par with the other hired launches so that the same
can be used for other purpose eg inspection of channel buoys and their
lighting, security patrolling, pilotage, etc.
Shri Neeraj Bansal, Chairman-in-charge, JNPT inaugurated the launch in
the presence of senior officials of JNPT. “ With the increase in traffic as
well as vision of port to have clean ocean, the need for such multi-purpose
launch was over- due and we are happy that this new launch will further help
JNPT to undertake different activities under green port”, Mr Bansal said.
Commenting on salient feature of Multi-purpose utility launch (MPUL) Capt. Amit
Kapoor, Deputy Conservator said, “MPUL has 12.430 mtr overall length with the
speed of 20 knots, carrying capacity would have 12 passengers plus 4 crew, FRP
construction, two main engines with the power of 448KW.” It also has oil
pollution control equipment and debris collection system. The new utility
launch will have portable skimmer of capacity 5-10 m3/hr, system for
spraying oil dispersant into the sea and storage capacity of 50 L of OSD.
Debris collection system will help to recover floating garbage in the sea and
bollard arrangement on deck to tie up next to the harbour for inception and
maintenance of buoys and its lights.