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Bhim-class tugboat
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.


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

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
INS Balshil
INS Balshil
25 T BP SRP Tug(Bhim)

Boats in the class

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

Other specifications

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

See also

  • Madan Singh class tugboat
  • Arga class tugboat


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