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Sarbananda Sonowal Inaugurates First Made-in-India ASTDS Tug

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of MoPSW & AYUSH, virtually inaugurated the 60T bollard pull tug named ‘Ocean Grace’ and the Medical Mobile Unit (MMU) on March 2, 2024. The Ocean Grace is the first Make-in-India ASTDS Tug developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited under MoPSW. The MMU is part of the port’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.

Key Highlights

1. Ocean Grace: A Milestone in Atmanirbhar Bharat

  • Cochin Shipyard Limited constructed the ‘Ocean Grace’, the first Make in India ASTDS Tug, promoting self-reliant India under MoPSW.

2. Medical Mobile Unit (MMU): Enhancing Healthcare Services

  • The MMU, dedicated alongside the Ocean Grace, offers a diverse range of healthcare services, underscoring the port’s dedication to community well-being.

Green Tug Transition Programme (GTTP)

1. Vision for Green Tugs by 2030

  • GTTP aims to convert 50% of all tugs into Green Tugs by 2030, with major ports transitioning to eco-friendly operations.

2. Procurement of Green Tugs

  • JNPA, DPA, PPA, and VoCPA will procure two brand-new green tugs from Cochin Shipyard by 2027 as part of the initial phase.

Maritime Amrit Kaal Vision 2047

1. Decarbonisation Initiatives

  • Initiatives include the development and deployment of cutting-edge technology vessels, such as electric water taxis, hybrid ferries, and LNG-electric cargo carriers.

2. Sustainable Practices

  • The vision encompasses the incorporation of green hydrogen and ammonia-powered vessels at major ports, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability.

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