Goa: Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) policing and patrolling missions received a  shot in the arm with the commissioning of the state-of-the-art OPV (offshore patrol vessel) ICGS Shoor. 

Shoor, the second OPV from Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), was handed over to the ICG last month, ahead of its delivery schedule. GSL has to deliver four more OPVs as per the contract.

The formal commissioning of the ship was held on Monday in the presence of Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. 

According to ICG Spokesperson, Shoor’s keel was laid in January 2013. (Shoor means Valiant.) ICGS Shoor’s commissioning is set to aid ICG’s patrolling activities of India’s exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

In October last year, GSL had handed over the first ship in this series -- ICGS Samarth  -- to the Indian Coast Guard. It was the biggest ship to join the ICG fleet and was formally inducted by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in November 2015.

In addition to guarding the Indian Territorial Waters and EEZ, ICGS Shoor would have the responsibilities of the enforcement of nation’s maritime laws at sea, preservation and protection of maritime environment, SAR (search and rescue) missions and coastal security.

ICGS Shoor boasts of a Navigational Integrated Bridge System, an Integrated Machinery Control System and state-of-the-art Power Management System. 

An advanced remote control system manages the entire propulsion and power management operations of the ship, while a CCTV management system ensures optimal utilisation and efficiency of men and machines.

“The ship has a complement of 12 officers and 93 EP who are accommodated in advance ergonomic cabins, which provide improved crew comfort with enhanced space management,” says the spokesperson.

Armed with a 30 mm CRN 91 naval gun for effective patrolling of EEZ, the ship can carry an ALH onboard in addition to oil spill response equipment.

Propelled by two 9100 KW MTU diesel engines with an endurance of 6,500 NM, ICGS  Shoor is also equipped with two quick response and two Palfinger fast rescue boats.