India holds keel laying ceremony for three 25T Bollard Pull Tugs

According to information published by the Indian government on June 10, 2022, the keel for all three 25T Bollard Pull Tugs (Yard 305 - Mahabali, Yard 306 - Baljeet & Yard 307 - Bajrang) was laid by Cmde Sunil Kaushik, Warship Production Superintendent (Mumbai) at M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Bharuch, Gujarat.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Keel laying ceremony for the Bollard Pull Tugs, India. (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, un-berthing, and manoeuvering in confined waters.

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

SHOFT is a private shipyard located in Gujarat, the state with the longest coastline in India, and is Head Quartered in Thane (Mumbai).

The Indian company is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities required for building sophisticated vessels and has built a variety of ships across various segments such as Defence & Security, Offshore, Port Operations, Dredging, Cargo carriers, Inland and Coastal, and some special projects.