The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has secured a contract for the provision of classification services for four large survey vessels for the Indian Navy. These 110-metre vessels, which will be constructed by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata, are the largest hydrographic survey vessels ever constructed for the Indian Navy.
IRClass has also been awarded the classification services for two diving support vessels by Hindustan Shipyard, Visakhapatnam to be built for the Indian Navy. These are the first ever specialised diving support vessels to be constructed in India.
Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman, said: “I am pleased that IRClass has won these prestigious Naval contracts for our classification services. We had envisioned strong opportunities in the Defence sector which led to the creation of a Defence Division within IRClass. These orders have come in the wake of our development of Naval Rules and Guidelines, with the co-operation of the Indian Navy, to meet the specialist needs of naval vessels.”
“We began developing Naval Rules in 2006, and the latest version of these rules was released in 2015. Securing these orders has enabled IRClass to take a great leap forward in classing sophisticated naval vessels and we hope to continue our partnership with the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for future projects,” he continued.