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Geological Survey of India handed new oceanographic research vessel

02nd October 2013

GSI will use Hyundai Heavy Industries’ oceanographic research vessel Samudra Ratnakar to explore seabed in Indian and international waters at 10,000 m depth

Geological Survey of India handed new oceanographic research vessel
The research vessel is 103 m long, 13 m wide and can travel at an average speed of 11.4 knots

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) last week took delivery of Korean manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries’ oceanographic research vessel Samudra Ratnakar, The Hindu reported, to conduct exploration activities in Indian and international waters.

 

The research vessel is 103 m long, 13 m wide and can travel at an average speed of 11.4 knots. It will be used for survey and exploration of the seabed in Indian and international waters at depths of 10,000 m.

 

The vessel is equipped with Lankhorst Ropes’ steel wire ropes, specifically two 8,000m LANKOPACK and one 6×36 WS+IWRC steel wire ropes for use on the vessel’s traction winch, auxiliary winch drum and general purpose winch.

 

The vessel will be inducted by January 2014 to GSI’s existing fleet of three research vessels. Samudra Ratnakar will be docked in Mangalore.

 

“[The] organisation is embarking upon a new chapter for survey and exploration in Indian and international waters with the induction,” Sanjeev Raghav, superintending geologist of GSI’s Mangalore-based marine and coastal survey divisionwas quoted as saying.

 

Raghava added: “Petrological, palaeontological, chemical and geotechnical parameters of seabed sediments are carried out in shore-based laboratories to decipher the sediment distribution pattern, its characteristics and to assess the economic mineral potential of the shelf and offshore regime.”