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GSL delivers second Navy fuel barge ahead of schedule

By on December 23, 2017
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GSL delivers second Navy fuel barge ahead of schedule

In keeping with Goa Shipyard Ltd’s (GSL) tradition of delivery ahead of schedule, a second fuel barge of the 4 nos 1000 T Fuel Barge series was recently handed over to the Indian Navy 33 days ahead of schedule. It was inducted into service  by RAdm Narayan Prasad, NM, Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Vishakhapattnam.
The navy was in need of self-propelled 1000T fuel barges, to fuel big ships like INS Vikramaditya for a long time. The contract for construction was signed between GSL and the Indian Navy on June 4, 2015. GSL delivered the first barge on August 17, 2017 as per the contractual schedule.
The new 1000T fuel barge has a primary role of replenishing low sulphur high speed diesel, AVCAT jet fuel and other oils for ships in the harbour, at anchorage and even at distant locations.
It is powered by two 1800 BHP engines, two 250KVA generators and five cargo pumps with a capacity of 100 tonnes per hour to achieve the main role of fuel transfer. The barge is more than 68 meters long, 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 a bulbous bow and is equipped with the latest navigational aids like radar, DGPS, echo sounder, etc, making it capable of operating in sea state four. It can survive up to an extreme sea state of six. Modern tools and techniques like software simulation and model testing have been used to refine the design before construction.
This vessel has a compliment of 26 people and is fitted with the best modular accommodation, providing better living space and comfort to crew. GSL complimented Goa’s local industry which was actively involved in the project.

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