The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) accepted delivery of an Anchor Handling, Towing & Supply (AHTS) vessel MV SCI Kundan on 3 April 2012. This is the second of two vessels ordered by SCI, and delivered by Cochin Shipyard since the order was placed in February 2011.
The first vessel, MV SCI Pawan, was delivered to SCI on 15 November 2011. These vessels are sisters to 2 AHTSVs placed on order with Cochin Shipyard in 2009.
The vessel is of AH03 type, designed by STX OSV, Norway and is certified under dual class by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) & Indian Register of Shipping and is registered under Indian flag. This 65.2 x 16.0 Meter vessel is a high-end Anchor handler with a capacity of 120 T Bollard pull which is equipped with dual 4000 KW diesel Engines and twin controllable pitch propeller in Kort Nozzles.
MV SCI Kundan has a gross tonnage of 2,067 tonnes and deadweight of 1,994 tonnes and is DP1 equipped with a Reverse Osmosis Plant, Firefighting (FIFI) equipment, partial UKOOA (C) compliance, and has been built to comply with the latest and most stringent international regulations. The vessel is built to accommodate 29 persons with all the capabilities of a platform supply vessel in addition to an anchor handler.
In the offshore sector, SCI presently has a fleet of 13 vessels of which 9 vessels were acquired during the eighties. These vessels have been dedicatedly serving the oil exploration and production sector in India for past more than 25 years. As a National carrier, SCI has been aiming to increase its presence in India’s offshore sector.
With addition of this vessel, SCI’s fleet strength stands at 77 vessels of 5.56 million DWT which includes 13 offshore supply vessels. Acquisition of the vessel is in line with SCI’s strategy of maintaining a modern and young fleet of vessels.
SCI has 26 vessels on order at present, 15 of which are scheduled for delivery this year.