The Ministry of Defence in New Delhi signed a contract on October 17, 2023, for the construction of a Training Ship for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) with Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL), Mumbai, at a cost of Rs 310 crore under the Buy (Indian- IDDM) category.
First Dedicated Multidimensional Training Ship for the Indian Coast Guard
This marks the first dedicated training platform with integral helicopter capabilities. It will provide basic sea training to 70 Coast Guard officers and other international trainee officers. The objective is to prepare these aspiring mariners for the multi-dimensional maritime aspects of Coast Guard life.
This training ship is equipped with advanced and modern high-tech surveillance and monitoring systems. It will offer profound insight and expertise to the ICG cadets regarding the challenges at sea while ensuring the security of the coastline and offshore assets. Most of the equipment and systems will be procured from indigenous manufacturers, including MSMEs.
The project aims to generate significant employment opportunities over a three-year period. While achieving the objectives of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat,’ this contract will also enhance indigenous shipbuilding capabilities and contribute to strengthening maritime economic capacities.
About Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai, an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, stands as one of India’s leading shipbuilding yards. The history of Mazagon Dock dates back to 1774 when a small dry dock was first constructed in Mazagon. Over the years, MDL has earned a reputation for delivering quality work and established a tradition of providing skilled and resourceful services to the shipping industry in general, including the Indian Navy and Coast Guard. It was incorporated as a Private Limited Company in 1934.
Since 1960, MDL has constructed a total of 801 vessels, including 27 warships, ranging from advanced destroyers to missile boats, and 7 submarines. In addition, MDL has delivered cargo ships, passenger ships, supply vessels, multipurpose support vessels, water tankers, tugs, dredgers, fishing trawlers, barges, and border outposts for various customers in India and abroad. MDL has also fabricated and supplied jackets, main decks of wellhead platforms, process platforms, jack-up rigs, and more.