Indian Coast Guard Ship Vikram, the first in the series of seven 98m Offshore
Patrol Vessels (OPVs) was commissioned at Chennai by Minister of state for
defense Dr Subhash Bhamre on April
11 in the presence of Director General
Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM and senior dignitaries of the central and state
The ship is based at New Mangalore, Karnataka under the operational and
administrative control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (west).
This 98 metre OPV has been designed and built indigenously by the
Chennai based Larsen & Toubro Ltd and is fitted with state-of-the-art
navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machineries. It features a
30mm gun and 12.7mm gun with FCS for the fighting efficiency of the ship.
It also features Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Platform
Management System (IPMS), Automated Power Management System (APMS) and High
Power external firefighting system. The ship is designed to carry one twin
engine helicopter and four high speed boats including two rigid hull inflatable
boats for swift boarding operation, search and rescue, law Enforcement and
Maritime Patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response
equipment to contain oil spill at sea.
The ship draws approx. 2100 tons (GRT) propelled by two 9100 kw diesel
engine to attain a maximum speed of 26 knots and has an endurance of 5000 nm at
economical speed. The sustenance and reach, coupled with the latest and modern
equipment and system, provides her the capability to perform the role of a
Command platform to accomplish all Coast Guard charter of duties.
The ship on joining Coast Guard fleet at New Mangalore will be deployed
extensively for EEZ surveillance and other duties as enshrined in the Coast
Guard charter to safeguard the maritime interest of India. Presently, Indian
Coast Guard has a fleet of 134 ships & boats and 62 aircrafts. 63 ships are
at various stages of construction at different shipyards in India.
The commissioning of ICGS Vikram will enhance the Indian Coast Guard’s
operational capability to discharge the multifarious maritime tasks. The
induction of a sophisticated and state-of-the-art Offshore Patrol Vessel will
give a fillip to the maritime protection of our vast coastline of Western
Seaboard in general and the maritime state of Karnataka and Maharashtra in