Two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPV’s) which are being built under classification of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) have been launched in Reliance Defence shipyard at Pipavav on 25thJuly 2017. These vessels, named INS Shachi and INS Shruti, are the first two vessels in a five vessel series which are being built to IRS Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Naval Ships. These Rules, were jointly developed by the Indian Navy and Indian Register of Shipping.
Besides providing classification services, the Indian Register of Shipping is also carrying out various analysis and assessments towards assigning special notations like Direct Strength Assessment, Fatigue Design Assessment, Integrated Platform Management Systems and Integrated Bridge Systems as well as CLEAN AIR. The CLEAN AIR notation is intended to prevent air pollution due to emission of Ozone depleting substances, nitrogen oxide and emissions contributing to global warming.
Cdr K. K. Dhawan (IN Ret’d), Head of Defence Division at IRClass said ‘This significant development marks a milestone in the Indian Defence sector’s initiative to become self-reliant. IRS has worked closely with the Indian Navy as well as with the shipyard to ensure the successful launching of these two vessels’.
Earlier in 2015, IRClass had also announced development of its Rules for Naval Combatant Ships as well.