Mangalore, 26th April, 2016:The newly commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Shoor’ made its grand entry at New Mangalore Port this morning. Hundreds of spectators, mainly top district officials, media persons and students cheerfully welcomed the vessel as it docked to the celebratory tunes played by the police band. A large contingent of Coast Guard officers and men wearing smart white uniforms were present to welcome the elegant ‘Shoor’ which means ‘Valiant’.
KR Suresh, Commandant of No. 3, Coast Guard District (Karnataka) ceremonially accepted the vessel on behalf of the District Headquarters from Deputy Inspector General Surendra Singh Dasila, who is the commander of the ship.
P C Parida, Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust was the chief guest on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner of the district A. B. Ibrahim, District & Sessions Judge Uma M.G. and Dr. M. Subramanyam, Commissioner, Central Excise were among the other dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony.
In his welcome address, Commandant KR Suresh said the induction of this big vessel with wide ranging capabilities will enhance the maritime security of the region. “ICGS Shoor’s arrival at Mangalore will be a major milestone in augmenting maritime security of Karnataka. This will be the largest ship that Coast Guard Karnataka will have,” he said. “Both academic profile and technical expertise are required to operate such a large vessel. ICGS Shoor is manned by professionally trained men who are fully capable of discharging the responsibilities assigned to them.”
In his speech PC Parida, Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust, said coastal region is always vulnerable to security threats and the Coast Guard is doing an excellent job of keeping the shores secure. He offered all possible cooperation from New Mangalore Port for meeting Coast Guard’s operational needs. “Coast Guard’s primary duty is to ensure the nation’s maritime security. Hence we should extend our help whenever they need it,” he said.
A. B. Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner of the district congratulated the Coast Guard on acquiring the new vessel with multiple capabilities.
The 105 meters long ICGS Shoor has been designed and built indigenously by Goa Shipyard Ltd. It is the second ship in a new series of six Off Shore Patrol Vessels (OPV) known as ‘Samarth Class Off Shore Patrol Vessels’. It was commissioned at Goa by Nitin Gadkari, union minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways on 11 Apr 16.
ICGS Shoor is manned by 14 Officers and 98 men commanded by Deputy Inspector General Surendra Singh Dasila under the administrative and operation control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West).
The ship has been fitted with advanced navigation and communication equipment, sensors and machinery. Its features include 30 mm CRN 91 Naval Gun, Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Integrated Machinery Control System (IMCS), Power Management System (PMS) and High Power External Fire Fighting System.
The ship is designed to carry one twin engine Light Helicopter and five high speed boats including two QRIBs for fast boarding operations, search and rescue, law enforcement and maritime patrol. The ship is also capable of carrying pollution response equipment to combat oil spill contamination at sea.
The ship draws 2350 tons (GRT) and is propelled by two 9100 KW diesel engines to attain a maximum speed of 23 Knots. It has an endurance of 6000 NM at economical speed.