Cochin Shipyard delivers three Border Out-Post vessels to BSF

OV Digital Desk

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Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), under the Ministry of Ports, Ships and Waterways, recently delivered the second lot of three Floating Border Out-Posts (FBOPs) to the Border Security Force. CSL is building 9 of these to protect the country’s water borders. Three more will be delivered in the coming months.

In March 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered nine FBOPs for the Water wing of Border Security Force. Flop boats with an overall length of 46 meters and a breadth of 12 meters are designed for deployment in the Inland waters of India, specifically in the creeks of Kutch (Gujarat) and Sunderbans in West Bengal. They are designed in-house by CSL and classed by the Indian Register of Shipping, and each FBOP vessel can fit four fast patrol boats, which can be launched and hoisted using its own davit system. The vessel will be the floating base for the fast patrol boats. The vessel will supply fuel, fresh water and provisions to the smaller boats.

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Cochin Shipyard was incorporated in 1972 as a fully owned Indian company. In the last three decades the company has emerged as a forerunner in the Indian Shipbuilding & Ship Repair industry. This yard can build and repair the biggest ships in India. It’s the first greenfield shipyard in India and is renowned for building high-quality ships. Cochin Shipyard is perfectly positioned to offer a wide range of products such as tankers, product carriers, bulk carriers, passenger vessels, high bollard pull tugs, and air defence ships. Founded in 1982, CSL has done upgrades and repairs for all types of ships, including oil exploration ships.