London: Amid chanting of Vedic hymns and
breaking of a coconut, INS Shakti, the second Fleet Tanker of
Indian Navy, was today launched at an Italian shipyard in
The tanker is being built by Italian ship builder
Fincantieri under a contract signed in April 2008, valued at
Euro 300 million. The contract includes two vessels.
INS Deepak, the first of the two Fleet Tankers to be
designed and built in Italy, is at an advanced stage of trials
preceding delivery to the Indian Navy. It is scheduled for
delivery to India at the end of this year.
Shakti is being built at the Sestri Ponente shipyard,
using many modern and state-of-the-art ship building methods
and concepts, with advanced outfitting. It is expected to be
delivered within two years.
The trials of INS Shakti will start in December this
year. Its delivery and commissioning in India is expected to
take place in the middle of next year.
The Fleet Tankers would be the first warships in Indian
waters made by Fincantieri, the premiere shipbuilding company
The ships are in double hull configuration, which
provides greater safety against accidental oil spillages, in
accordance with latest MARPOL regulations.
Homai Saha, wife of Ambassador Debabrata Saha, who was
the Chief Guest on the occasion, broke the coconut while
launching the tanker. She also broke a bottle of champagne at
the ship`s bow in keeping with the Italian tradition.