Ministry of Port dedicates first-ever Made-in-India ASTDS tug named Ocean Grace

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has inaugurated the 60T bollard pull tug named ‘Ocean Grace’ and the Medical Mobile Unit, virtually on 2nd March 2024.

Ministry of Port dedicates first-ever Made-in-India ASTDS tug named Ocean Grace

The Ocean Grace is considered to be the first make-in-India ASTDS Tug developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited under MoPSW. The Medical Mobile Unit is part of the port’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. The initiative aims to highlight the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ agenda of the nation. The Ocean Grace built at Rs. 45 crores, stands as a pinnacle of maritime engineering, equipped with cutting-edge technology and boasting a remarkable bollard pull of 60 tonnes.

The goal of the Green Tug Transition Programme [GTTP] is to convert at least 50% of all tugs into Green Tugs by 2030 and to have Green Tugs operating at all major ports. By implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, domestic/short sea shipping ferries, port vessels [tugs/crafts/dredgers], and OSVs/PSVs aim to achieve a remarkable reduction of 50% by 2030 to 70% by 2047.

 

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