Arga-class tugboat

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The Arga class of tugboats are a series of six service watercraft being built by Tebma Shipyard Limited (a subsidiary of Bharati Shipyard Ltd) in Malpe, for the Indian Navy.


Each vessel in the series is 22.8 meters long and 7.42 metres wide with a draft forward (bow) of 2.35 meters. Each tug has a capacity of 10 tonnes bollard pull at 85 per cent maximum continuous rating (MCR), speed of 12 knots at 85 per cent MCR and is fitted with two 850 HP Kirloskar caterpillar engines, coupled to two steerable rudder propellers of 1,350 mm diameter. The vessels have two auxiliary electrical generation plant of 60 kW each and are fitted with a sewage treatment plant. They have been designed by M/s Ska Marine, Chennai.[1] INS Arga and INS Bali are named after the coastal villages of Karwar District and both were inducted into the service by Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain.

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INS Bali
INS Bali induction

Ships in the class[edit]

Yard number[1] IR number IMO number Ship name Launch date Commissioning date Home port
145 41949 9600231 INS Arga 1 August 2012 INS Kadamba, Karwar
146 41951 9600243 INS Bali 11 September 2012 28 September 2012 INS Kadamba, Karwar
147 41963 9600255 INS Anup 11 September 2012 28 September 2012 INS Kadamba. Karwar


  • Gross tonnage: 181 tonnes
  • Dead weight: 35.52 tonnes
  • Displacement: 239.48 tonnes
  • Overall length: 22.8 meters
  • Beam: 7.42 meters
  • Draught (max) : 2.3 meters
  • Installed power: 1268 kW Caterpillar
  • Auxiliary generator: 2x60 kW 415 V, 50 Hz AC
  • Speed: 12 Knots

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