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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Chilean Navy Ship Janequeo, built by Indian company Larsen and Toubro Ltd has sailed into the base port of Valparaíso Harbour on 23 February 2021, after it departed from its last port call at wellington in Newzeland on January 28. Larsen and Toubro (L&T) were awarded a contract worth USD11.5 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on March 4, 2020, on behalf of the government of Chile for an existing twin-screw Anchor Handling, Towing, Supply, and Standby Vessel (ATV).

The ATF-65 Janequeo is 70 meters long, 19 meters wide, and a maximum draft of 6.2 meters. It displaces 2,500 tons and has a static or Bollard Pull capacity of 150 tons. It can transport 38 crew members and 22 passengers.

The vessel is equipped with advanced diesel-hybrid propulsion, it has a DP2 dynamic positioning system and can fight fires, respond to emergencies, carry out rescue operations, refuel supplies on the high seas, recover oil spilled in the sea, and other tasks.

The vessel was built by the L&T Shipbuilding at its Kattupalli Shipyard and was one of the two AHTSSVs originally ordered by Qatari fleet owner Halul Offshore Services Co. Halul had later canceled the order and the two vessels (71009 and 71010) were put on sale by L&T. HTSSV vessel, with hull number 71010 is the one that has been delivered to the Chilean Navy after it went through improvements in habitability and sanitary facilities as well as new paint on the ship’s superstructure, deck, hull.

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