Udupi Cochin Shipyard Limited Receives New Order from Adani’s Ocean Sparkle

Udupi Cochin Shipyard Limited (UCSL), a branch of Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), has received an order from Ocean Sparkle Limited (OSL), part of Adani’s AdHarbor Services, to build three 70 T Bollard Pull ASD (Azimuthing Stern Drive) Tugs. The company announced this on Friday.

Bollard pull is a measure of tugboat performance, optimized for maximum thrust at nearly zero speed.


Previously, UCSL built two 62 T Bollard Pull ASD tugs for OSL, delivered ahead of schedule, now used at Paradeep Port and New Mangalore Port.

The new tugs, designed by Robert Allan Limited, will be 33 meters long, 12.2 meters wide, and have a 4.2-meter draft. They will feature two 1838 kW main engines, 2.7-meter diameter thrusters, 150 kW diesel generators, towing winches, a deck crane, and an external firefighting system.

UCSL said these tugs will be built under the Indian flag and classified by the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), meeting the Approved Standard Tug Design and Specifications (ASTDS) set by the Indian government, supporting the Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives.

UCSL also signed a contract with Polestar Maritime Limited to build two 70 T Bollard Pull ASD tugs. The first vessel, ‘Konna Star’, was delivered ahead of schedule and is now operating at Deendayal Port, Kandla. The second vessel is under construction, and Polestar has ordered another tug.

“We are very happy to be chosen again by Ocean Sparkle Limited and Polestar Maritime Limited for building tugs for their fleets. Both CSL and UCSL are committed to delivering high-quality tugs quickly, focusing on sustainable solutions to support the evolving maritime ecosystem,” said Mr. Madhu Nair, CMD of CSL and Chairman of UCSL.

Since CSL took over UCSL in September 2020, the yard has made significant progress. Its order book includes six 3800 Deadweight Dry Cargo Vessels for Wilson ASA, Norway.

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