Contract for construction of three 25Ton Bollard Pull Tugs was concluded with M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd on November 12, 2021 at a cost of 84.75 Crores in consonance with “AatmaNirbhar Bharat” initiatives of the Government of India. These Tugs are being built with a service life of 30 years. The tugs will be capable of assisting naval ships and submarines in berthing, un-berthing, andmanoeuvering in confined waters. The tugs will also provide afloat firefighting assistance to ships alongside & at anchorage and will have capability for limited Search and Rescue Operations.
Keel for all three 25T Bollard Pull Tugs (Yard 305 - Mahabali, Yard 306 - Baljeet& Yard 307 - Bajrang) was laid by Cmde Sunil Kaushik, Warship Production Superintendent (Mumbai) on June 10, 2022 at M/s Shoft Shipyard Pvt Ltd, Bharuch, Gujarat. With all major and auxiliary equipment/ systems sourced from indigenous manufacturers, these tugs are proud flag bearers of “Make in India, Make for the World” initiatives of Ministry of Defence.