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Russia may build floating dock for India

Russia may build floating dock for India 06.10.2010
Text: RusNavy.com
Photo: India's the only floating dock. timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Indian Navy is about to purchase second floating dock for maintenance of ships deployed in strategic region of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. About $70 mln will be appropriated for construction of the dock, reported The Economic Times.

According to Indian command, one dock which is currently in inventory is capable to provide trouble-free service of Indian ships deployed in the region. However, the need for a second floating dock will emerge no later than in the next decade.

The first Indian floating dock was designed by Indian Institute of Technology and built in Japan. The cost of construction made 2.5-3 bln rupees. Presently, this is the only floating dock in India. Its length is over 188 meters, beam exceeds 40 meters, lifting capability is 11,500 tons. The dock is operated by 107 men (including 7 officers). Up to three ships can be simultaneously placed in the dock which is capable to accommodate any Indian warship except for an aircraft carrier or a tanker.

Lifting capability of the second floating dock will be 8,000 tons. Indian Navy has already issued a tender for the dock procurement. According to a source in Indian defense ministry, this time Japan does not participate in the tender due to various reasons. India accepts offers from other countries; however, Russia and Germany are considered as potential winners, said the source.

In 2001 the first dock was laid up at ship-repair plant in Port Blair which is the only yard capable to carry out repairs in the region. Current modernization of the plant implies reconstruction of the off-stream basin, extension of quayside, and upgrade of repair-workshop and electrical equipment repair shed.

India's union territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in the Bay of Bengal is still populated with aboriginals; they live in distant and hard-to-reach places in accordance with their ancient tribal laws avoiding contacts with civilization. India uses the strategic archipelago as a naval base which often causes conflicts with aboriginals.

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