The citizens were happy to know that ICGS Vishwast (OPV 30) was formally inducted into Indian Coast Guard on March 17. Within a week after that we came to know that ICGS Vivek at Indira dock of Mumbai port sank in daylight on March 23.
Here are some interesting features of ICGS Vishwast:
- ‘Vishwast’ means ‘Trustworthy’
- the first of the new class of Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV – Yard No 1203) indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd.
- the only vessel of this class in the world with facilities for Pollution Control, Fire Fighting, Search & Rescue and Patrolling provided in a 90 metre vessel.
- was formally commissioned by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri AK Antony at the Goa Shipyard Ltd. on March 17.
- 90 metres long, propelled by two MTU engines, can cruise at a maximum speed of 26 knots.
- has an endurance of 4500 nautical miles.
- has an Integrated Bridge System (IBS) equipped with state-of-the art navigation and communication equipment.
- also has Platform Management System.
- capable of operating a helicopter.
- weapon – 30 mm gun.
Here are some photographs of ICGS Vishwast induction ceremony from Goa Shipyard Ltd.
ICGS Vishwast is expected to join Coast Guard Region (East) for deployment.
Here comes the sad story of ICGS Vivek (OPV 38 – commissioned on August 19, 1989):
- 20 year old vessel was undergoing repairs at Mumbai port through Krasny Marine Services.
- the vessel was berthed on March 20 in Berth 10 of Indira Docks and was expected to leave by March 31.
- unfortunately on March 23, the vessel sank in the afternoon due to incoming vessel MV Global Purity.
- no loss of life was reported.
- the reason is being investigated.
- meanwhile Sarigumba Sarjeovillas, the captain of the Panamanian vessel Global Purity has been arrested for further action.
- it seems that salvaging the ship as a scrap is only possible.
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