Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) has successfully completed its second major ship conversion project by converting a fisheries vessel into an oceanographic research vessel, Exim News Service informs.
The work was undertaken for the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa.
The conversion comprised setting up of three laboratories, installation of new deck machinery, provision of upgraded accommodation, fitting of a gondola, housing sub-bottom profiler, navigational echo sounder, sound velocity probe, etc.
As part of the conversion, additional electronics and navigational systems such as GMDSS station, Inmarsat-C with LRIT, Radar, LAN system, and Live TV system were installed on the ship.
The vessel, which was originally a Japanese government class, has now been converted into IRS class.
To carry out the conversions, more than 100 new drawings were made in CSL and approved by IRS. Besides, CSL carried out routine dry dock repairs on the ship.
The contract for the conversion was signed on June 5, 2009, and the vessel arrived at CSL on December 15, 2009, and sailed off after the completion of work on March 12.
The successful completion of the project has enhanced the reputation of CSL in the conversion market and reiterated CSL’s expertise in the sector.