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Indian shipyard holds keel laying ceremony for two 25t Bollard Pull Tugs.

| 2022

According to information published by the Indian government on October 28, 2022, the contract for construction of six 25 Ton Bollard Pull Tugs was concluded with M/s Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Kolkata at a cost of Rs 169.5 Crores in consonance with “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives of the Government of India.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Keel laying ceremony of the first 25T Bollard Pull Tug, Bhishm. (Picture source: Indian government)

These Tugs are being built with a service life of 30 years. The tugs will be capable of assisting naval ships and submarines in berthing and un-berthing, turning, and maneuvering in confined waters.

The tugs will also provide afloat firefighting assistance to ships alongside and at anchorage and will have capability for limited Search and Rescue Operations.

The keel for the first and second 25T Bollard Pull Tugs (Yard 335 - Bhishm and Yard 336 - Bahubali) was laid by Cmde Rituraj Sahu, VSM, Naval Officer-in-Charge (West Bengal) at M/s Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Kolkata, West Bengal.

With all major and auxiliary equipment/ systems sourced from indigenous manufacturers, these tugs are proud flag bearers of “Make in India, Make for the World” initiatives of the Ministry of Defence.

Titagarh Wagons Limited is an Indian railway wagon manufacturer headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal. The company manufactures coaches for the Indian Railways, bailey bridges, and mining equipment. A subsidiary, Titagarh Marines, operates in the shipbuilding industry.

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