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Friday, August 28, 2020 

The first in a series of three marine ambulance boats, ‘Pratheeksha’, has been delivered by Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), to the Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala.

The ambulance boats have an overall length of 23.8m, width of about 6m with propulsion by twin 515 KW Scania engines giving a maximum speed capability of 14 knots. The vessel is fully designed and constructed in-house by CSL, in line with the requirements of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS). The vessel is said to be of high quality and fuel efficient. CFD analysis and model test was done at IIT Chennai to optimise fuel efficiency and confirm the power requirement. 3D modelling was carried out in-house to improve ergonomics and lay-out. The remaining two ambulance boats in the series have now been launched at CSL, and are expected to be delivered shortly. One vessel each will operate from Thiruvanthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.

The vessel can accommodate two patients, two paramedical staff and nine operating crew. The vessel has various medical facilities such as examination and nursing room with toilet, medical bed, mortuary freezer, refrigerator, pantry and medical lockers. There is a Jason’s Cradle to safely rescue people from the sea. The marine ambulances will be used for rescue and instant treatment to fishermen in distress as well as for normal patrolling.

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