TPURAM: The foundation stone for the 500 T SWL Bollard Pull Testing facility, claimed to be the first such in the country, to determine the maximum load that a ship can pull was laid at Vizhinjam near here on Monday.
The Rs two crore Cochin Shipyard Ltd project is being carried out in collaboration with Kerala Port Department.
State Law and Ports Minister M Vijayakumar laid the foundation stone.
Cochin Shipyard is presently constructing 16 Offshore Support Vessels for reputed international clients as well as for Shipping Corporation of India, a release said.
Bollard pull trials are conducted for determining the maximum load that a ship can pull. The ship is tied to a fixed Bollard (a vertical post/structure) at shore.
The pull of the vessel under maximum operating condition is measured by means of a load cell.Newly constructed tugs and special offshore vessels need to carry out this test in presence of ship owners and classification society prior to delivery. Vizhinjam was selected by the shipyard due to its inherent advantage of higher water depth close to the shore.