India has launched its first domestically built multi-disciplinary research ship, Sindhu Sadhana, at the Marmugao Harbour of Goa, introducing the country to the ocean technology industry.
The 80m-long and 17.6m-wide ship, which has been acquired by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), was launched by Prime Minister Office State Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.
Singh said that the vessel ‘will greatly enhance the capabilities of Indian oceanographers to make multi-disciplinary observations with a capability to predict the future changes in oceanographic processes’.
Singh added that the inputs generated ‘will benefit not only India but also the number of other nations and seas around India’.
Initiatives such as Sindhu Sadhana will also help create an economic breakthrough in areas including shipping, fishing, exploration for oil and natural gas and submarine pipelines.
Sindhu Sadhana features several laboratories for data collection, echo sounders, acoustic doppler, profiler, autonomous weather station, air quality monitors and advanced equipments related to ocean technology and research.
The ship is designed to accommodate 57 personnel, comprising 29 scientists and 28 crew members, and can cruise at a speed of 13.5k with an endurance of 45 days.
CSIR-NIO intends to perform a number of observational campaigns on the ship to gain an enhanced understanding of the process in the seas surrounding the country and for additional inputs to forecast changes in the marine environment.
Fitted with a dynamic positioning system, the vessel can be used to facilitate deployment of instrumented moorings, towing of remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles.
Image: India’s first indigenously-built research ship, Sindhu Sadhana. Photo: courtesy of National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR).