Customs office gets 2 new fast patrol vessels

Vessels costing Rs 3.5 crore have been purchased from Malaysia

Customs office gets 2 new fast patrol vessels

A total of 15 vessels have been bought by the department all over the country, of which two have been handed over to the Mangalore Comissionerate.

The vessels costing Rs 3.5 crore each have been purchased from Malaysia, supplied by Gold Bridge Engineering and Construction Berhad, Malaysia. The vessel has cruising speed of 30 nautical miles per hour and has crew capacity of 10.

The vessel has a fuel capacity of 11,000 lts of diesel and consumes about 400 lts of diesel per hour at full speed. It has Very High (VH), High Frequency (HF) Very High Frequency (VHF), Satellite phone, GPS, Echo sounder, Radar (48 nautical miles) and Night vision equipment in place for communication system.

Patrolling

The Customs Superintendent (Prevention) Shivaprasad informed that the vessel can go on patrolling continuously for 3 to 4 days and GPS navigation system adds to its sophestication and safety of the vessel. He said that the only drawback of the vessel is that of cost effectiveness.

 “Patrolling to and fro Mangalore to Karwar (jurisdiction of the commissionerate) costs about Rs 1.5 lakh,” he said and added that armaments can be fitted in the vessel according to requirement.

The vessel has sophisticated rest room for the crew, kitchen, seating areas etc. The vessels were inaugurated on Tuesday by Customs Commissioner R S Sidhu in presence of Coast Guard Commandant Padam Shekar Zha, CISF Deputy Commandant B S Vashisht and others.

Sidhu said that the need of the vehicle was felt after the 26/11 incident and coastal districts must be equipped with such vessels mandatorily. He said that so far they used to carry out patrolling in collaboration with the Coast Guards and the CISF.

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