Bhim-class tugboat

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Class overview
Builders: Tebma Shipyard LTD, a subsidiary of Bharati Shipyard
Operators:  Indian Navy
Built: 3
Planned: 3
Completed: 3
Active: 3
General characteristics
Type: Tugboat
Displacement: 373 tons
Length: 28.5 m (94 ft)
Beam: 9.5 m (31 ft)
Draught: 2.8 m (9.2 ft)
Propulsion: 2 x V-12 cylinder Cummins KTA38M2 engines, each generating 1200 HP continuous duty at 1800 RPM
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 13

Bhim class of tugboats are series of service watercrafts built by Tebma Shipyard Limited, a subsidiary of Bharati Shipyard Ltd, for Indian navy.

Description[edit]

Each vessel is 28.5 metres long and has beam of 9.5 metres and a draught of 2.8 metres. Each tug in the class has a capacity of 25 tonnes bollard pull. The vessel are fitted with a pair of V-12 cylinder Cummins KTA38M2 engines, each generating 1200 HP continuous duty at 1800 RPM. They are fitted with stainless steel propellers and also features Aquamaster US1201 Z-drives with 1800mm diameter nozzles. They also have two 100 kva, 415V, 3 Phase, 50 Hz diesel powered auxiliary generator sets. It is a follow-up order of B.C. Dutt class tugboat

Service history[edit]

INS Bhim and INS Ajral serve with the Eastern Naval Command at Vishakhapatnam, and INS Balshil serves with the Southern Naval Command at Kochi.

External images
Bhim Class
INS Bhim [permanent dead link]
INS Balshil
INS Balshil
25 T BP SRP Tug(Bhim)

Boats in the class[edit]

Name Date of commission
INS Bhim 8 March 2004
INS Balshil 23 August 2004
INS Ajral 17 December 2004

Other specifications[edit]

  • Auxiliary power installed: 100 kW, 415 V, 3 Phase, 50 Hz diesel
  • Fuel carrying capacity : 25 tons
  • Water carrying capacity : 12 tons

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