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, says a press release.
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