25T Bollard Pull (BP) Tug, ‘Mahabali’ was launched by Cmde Sunil Kaushik, NM, WPS(Mbi) on 28 Oct 23 at M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Bharuch, Gujarat. This Tug is the proud flag bearer of the “Make in India” initiative of the Ministry of Defence.
Contract for the construction and delivery of three 25T BP Tug was concluded with M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd (SSPL), an MSME, in accordance with “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” initiative of the Government of India. These Tugs are built under the classification rules of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS). The availability of Tugs will provide impetus to the Operational commitments of IN by facilitating assistance to Naval ships and submarines during berthing and un-berthing, turning and manoeuvring in confined waters. The Tugs will also provide afloat firefighting assistance to ships alongside, and at anchorage, and can conduct limited Search and Rescue Operations.