With reference to the Bollard Pull Tugs, consider the following statements:
|(1) Third tug in the series, “Balraj” has been delivered to Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam recently.|
|(2) This have been designed and built under the classification rules of Indian Register for Shipping (IRS) with a service life of 20 years.|
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
|A. 1 only|
|B. 2 only|
|C. Both 1 and 2|
|D. Neither 1 nor 2|
Answer: Both 1 and 2
Explanation: Contract for construction of 50 Ton Bollard Pull Tugs was concluded with M/s Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Visakhapatnam on 14 Feb 2019 at a cost of Rs. 260.70 Crores.
Third tug in the series, “Balraj” has been delivered to Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on 31 Dec 2021.
Tugs “Veeran” and “Balram” have been inducted on 22 Oct 21 and 30 Oct 21 at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam and Naval Dockyard, Mumbai respectively.
These tugs have been designed and built under the classification rules of Indian Register for Shipping (IRS) with a service life of 20 years and are capable of assisting large naval ships, including Aircraft Carrier and Submarines in berthing, un-berthing, turning and manoeuvering in confined waters and in harbour.
They also provide afloat firefighting cover/assistance to ships alongside/anchorage and have limited capability for Search and Rescue operations.
Induction of 50Ton Bollard Pull Tugs has significantly augmented the auxiliary support services and enhanced the capability to meet high operational requirements of Fleet assets of Indian Navy.