Kattupalli: The first indigenously built floating dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy was launched today. Anjali Deshpande, wife of Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition, inaugurated it during a ceremony at Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai.
After the formal welcome by Vice Admiral B Kannan (Retd), PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Head of Ship Building, L&T the ceremony commenced with an address by the Chief Guest, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition. Thereafter, in accordance with the traditions, Anjali Deshpande applied kumkum on the floating dock. She wished the dock good luck and launched the vessel.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral DM Deshpande commended L&T for their efforts in the design and construction of FDN-2. He said that the launching of the indigenously built floating dock bore testimony to the capabilities available in India for realising the ‘Make in India’ vision. He extended warm felicitations to the entire team of the L&T for the achievement.
The floating dock is a locally designed and built platform with state-of-the-art machinery and control systems capable of docking warships of up to 8,000 tonnes displacement. It has high capacity ballast pumps, along with advanced automated ballast control system. The dock covers provided with the FDN-2 facilitate repair & refit activities in inclement weather conditions.
Ballast water management involves a sequential and complete discharge and refilling with seawater. It gives an effective exchange of ballast water with a high level of safety built into the unified automation system. A complete ballast control system package includes valve and pump control, level gauging in all ballast tanks, trim and list correction data and a dedicated monitoring and control system. The system offers a graphic presentation for monitoring and control of the sequential process.
The launch of FDN-2, Yard 55000, designed in-house and built by L&T Shipyard, Kattupalli, is a milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in shipbuilding.