The 25T Bollard Pull (BP) Tug Boat Mahabali was delivered to Indian Navy on Friday (2nd Feb) in presence of Rear Admiral Subir Mukherjee in Kochi. This Tug is a flag bearer of “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India.
Contract for construction and delivery of three 25T BP Tugs was concluded with Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd (M/s SSPL), an MSME, in consonance with “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” initiative of the Government of India.
These three Tugs are being built under the classification rules of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS). The availability of Tugs will provide impetus to Operational commitments of the Indian Navy by facilitating assistance to Naval ships and submarines during berthing and unberthing, turning and maneuvering in confined waters.
According to a press release, the Tugs will also provide afloat firefighting assistance to ships alongside, at anchorage and will also have capability to conduct limited Search and Rescue Operations.