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Refuelling barge for INS Vikramaditya launched

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

A refuelling barge specially designed for carrying fuel mid-sea to Indian Navy's flagship was launched here today.

The privately built fuel barge with a capacity of 1000 tonnes was launched about 10 days ahead of schedule, Vice Admiral M S Pawar, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, said at a ceremony at Titagarh Shipyard on the banks of River Hooghly.

The fuel barge will depart for dockyard of for delivery following various trials of and speed, J P Chowdhury, of (TWL) that manufactured the specialised vessel, said.

"Fuel Barge 14 has been specially designed for carrying fuel mid-sea to INS Vikramaditya, Indian Navy's flagship aircraft carrier," said.

"It may be a small step in warship building activity in the country, but it is a giant leap for private ship building in for the Indian Navy," said.

He said that the barge has collapsible masts to cope with the huge overhangs of an

The availability of the fuel barge would mean that it can carry fuel for the huge as well as for the warplanes on it at an anchorage away from the port, a senior said.

The construction of the barge had started on May 9, 2017, TWL sources said.

"TWL is building another 1000 tonne fuel barge for the Navy, which is scheduled to be launched in July 2018," said.

Two other vessels would also be built by TWL thereafter at the Titagarh Shipyard for Ministry of Earth Sciences for research and exploration purposes, he said.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:45 IST