The barges have a designed capacity to carry 300 tonnes of oil in 6 equal size tanks. Their steel cutting was started on 21 October 2009 and keel laying of 4 Barges was done on 30 October 2009. They have been certified and classed by Indian Register of shipping. The barges will be in service of the Western Naval Command's bases at Karwar and Mumbai. As of December 2012, construction of 4 barges have been completed. The SB-II barge however met an accident with Pamban railway bridge on 13 January 2013 while being delivered to the navy's Western Command.