India’s First ASTDS Compliant Tug Commissioned

  • Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of MoPSW & AYUSH, inaugurated the 60T bollard pull tug ‘Ocean Grace’ and the Medical Mobile Unit (MMU) on March 2, 2024. 
  • The Ocean Grace is the first-make-in-India ASTDS Tug developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited under MoPSW. 
  • The MMU is part of the port’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, highlighting PM Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. 
  • The ‘Ocean Grace’ is powered by NIGATA main engines and a Power Z-Peller ZP Propulsion engine, ensuring seamless navigation and proficient vessel assistance. 
  • The Green Tug Transition Programme (GTTP) aims to convert at least 50% of all tugs into Green Tugs by 2030 and to have Green Tugs operating at all major ports. 
  • The Decarbonisation Cell is set to pioneer the development of cutting-edge technology vessels, initiating pilot runs across various categories. 
  • The Sagarmala Programme in Odisha has been instrumental in driving significant infrastructural development along its coastal areas. 
  • The Western Dock project worth Rs. 3,004.63 crore is a crucial step towards enhancing its capacity to over 300MTPA in the next two years. 
  • Paradip Port’s central role in coastal shipping, managing almost 25% of the coastal traffic handled by all ports in the country, offers enterprises economical and effective port services, operating at over 80% berth mechanization.
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