The Ministry of Defence has awarded a Rs 468 crore order for the design and construction of a floating deck for the Indian Navy to Larsen & Toubro (L&T). According to a BSE filing by L&T, the floating dock is expected to enhance the support infrastructure of the Indian Navy for docking of warships and submarines for repairs and refits.
"In keeping with the government's 'Make in India' thrust, complete design and engineering of the floating dock (FDN) will be under-taken at L&T's Warship Design Centre. The floating dock will be capable of docking naval ships and submarines of up to 8000 T displacement with draughts up to 7 m, during day and night," said MV Kotwal, President of Heavy Engineering and Member of the Board at L&T.
"The dock will conform to international norms and will incorporate fully automated Ballast Control System. The FDN will be self-sufficient, catering to the dock side services requirements of the docked and berthed warships," he added.
L&T is already executing MoD contract for design and construction of 54 fast interceptor boats for the Indian Coast Guard. 27 interceptor boats have already been delivered so for the Indian Coast Guard.
The floating dock contract for FDN comes to L&T on the back of an order for design and construction of seven offshore patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard at Rs 1432 crore, the filing said.