Floating Dockyard FDN-2 positioned at Semiramis Bay, arouses curiosity of onlookers

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RAZIA BEGUM

PORT BLAIR, JAN 23: India’s first indigenously built floating dockyard –FDN 2 which arrived here on January 20 has been positioned at Semiramis Bay, near Panighat, off  Port Blair. The massive FDN is attracting attention of the people, especially passengers on board boats plying between Phoenix Bay jetty and Chunna Bhatta who can see it from a close distance.  “It’s so huge, just fantastic,” said a tourist on board  heading for Mount Harriet via Chunna Bhatta.

     FDN-2 has been developed under  the Make  in India project at Larson & Toubro’s Greenfield shipyard at Kattupalli.   It was commissioned by the Ministry of Defence in 2015 at an order value of Rs. 468 crores.  FDN -2 is expected to undertake repairs of destroyer ships,  tankers submarines etc.

Compared with Indian Navy’s existing FDN-1, the new FDN is a bit smaller.  While FDN1’s length is more than 188 metre and width is over 40 metre, FDN2 is slightly shorter at 185 metre and 40 metre in width. With regard to displacement, FDN1 has a capacity of 40,000 tonne sufficient to repair aircraft carriers.

FDN2, however, has a capacity of 8,000 tonnes with draughts of up to 7 metre sufficient for warships, destroyers and submarines. The only class of ships it cannot dock are aircraft carriers and oil tankers.

While FDN1 has the capacity to float/repair up to three ships at a time, FDN2 has a capacity to repair two ships at one go.