Titagarh Rail Systems Limited (TRSL) has unveiled its second 25T Bollard Pull Tug, named Bahubali, for the Indian Navy. This vessel was constructed at TRSL’s facility in Titagarh, Barrackpore. The launch is part of a larger order of six 25 BP tugs secured by the company from the Indian Navy in November 2021, under the Ministry of Defence’s Make in India initiative. Following the launch, the keel laying ceremony for the fourth 25T Bollard Pull Tug, Yuvan (Yard 338), was also conducted.

Commodore Atul Maini, President SSB (Kolkata), graced the event as the Chief Guest, along with distinguished guests including Commodore S. Sreekumar, Warship Production Superintendent (Kolkata). Representing Titagarh were Commodore Sanjay Deshpande (Retd.), Executive Director (OPS), Gautam Roy, Executive Director, and Commodore Ishan Tandon (Retd.), VP-SBD.

Mr. Umesh Chowdhary, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of TRSL, stated, “It is a momentous day for us at TRSL; after launching the first tug earlier this year, we have launched the second tug in a record time, within just 2 months of launching the first one. This underscores a substantial milestone in our commitment to bolstering India’s naval capabilities, and we are diligently progressing with the remaining vessels to meet the promised timeline.”

The 25T BP Tug boasts several key features, enhancing its capabilities for diverse maritime operations. Powered by two robust engines generating 1200 BHP @1800 RPM each, the tug provides formidable thrust for maneuvering large vessels. Azimuth thrusters enable exceptional maneuverability, allowing precise movements in various directions. With a 25-ton Bollard Pull, the tug efficiently handles a range of towing tasks.

Equipped with an external firefighting system and boasting a commendable 96-hour endurance, the vessel ensures preparedness for emergency conditions. Comfortable accommodation for the crew members, including mess facilities, ensures extended operational efficiency. Fixed communication and navigation equipment enhance safe navigation and effective coordination with other ships, while the tug’s towing configuration versatility includes stern towing and pushing ahead.

Titagarh is an active participant in transformative policies initiated by the Government of India, including Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat. The company is actively involved in the construction of naval vessels, including five Diving Support Crafts & six 25 BP tugs for the Indian Navy.


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