High speed vessel for vigil around Panaji

PTI, PANAJI | 17 July 2012 17:40 IST

Goa government will enhance its vigilance around Panjim port here by commissioning a high speed patrol vessel and a tug ship, the report tabled before the state Legislative Assembly said.

A high speed 15-seater vessel of 25 knots will be commissioned to patrol Panaji port area. Finalisation of technical specifications is in progress, the Captain of Ports department said in its performance budget tabled on the floor of the House today.

The vessel would be built at a cost of Rs 2.78 crore and state government has given an administrative approval for it.

The Captain of Ports department, which manages all the five minor ports of Goa, has also decided to purchase a new tug ship, which will help the patrol vessel.

"The tug will be used for patrolling and towing of distressed vessels, and also breakdown of ferry boats (passenger boats which ply in the inland waters)," the report said.

The government also intends to arm the tug with the firefighting units that can tackle fire in the port area.

"The proposal has been administratively approved by Goa government. The cost of tug is estimated to be Rs 5.73 crore," the report mentioned.

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