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Monday, February 1, 2021 

Cochin Shipyard (CSL) of India has recently handed over the second of two marine ambulance boats to the Kerala State Fisheries Department, the first vessel of the series having been delivered to the Government in August 2020.

The ambulance boats have an overall length of 23.8m, width of about 6m, with propulsion by two 515kW Scania Marine diesels, with maximum speed of 14 knots. The vessel is designed and constructed in-house by CSL, in line with the requirements of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS). The vessel is designed to be fuel-efficient, with CFD analysis and model test done at IIT Chennai to optimise efficiency and firm up the power requirement.  3D modelling of the boat was carried out in-house to improve ergonomics and layout.

The vessel can accommodate two patients, two paramedical staff and nine operating crew. The vessel has various medical facilities including 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 sea.  The marine ambulances will be used for the rescue and instant treatment to fishermen in distress as well as for normal patrolling.

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