The contract, which entails design, construction and supply of Ten Ro-PAX and Ro-Ro Vessels, is worth Rs 1.02 billion plus taxes.
The vessels, which are capable of carrying trucks and other vehicles, along with sitting passengers, will be deployed in various strategic locations in National Water Ways 1, 2 and 3.
The ships are being conceptualised and fully designed by CSL. They are to be built to standards under the rules of Indian Register of Shipping. All the ten vessels will be delivered within 18 months.
The cargo in a Ro-Ro vessel typically consists of cars, trucks and other vehicles that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels instead of being loaded and unloaded by cranes.