Sagar Nidhi : To Participate In a Joint Ocean Expedition
Scientists from Bangladesh and Mauritius recently embarked onboard India’s research vessel Sagar Nidhi to participate in a joint ocean expedition.
- The event took place under the framework of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) between the nations of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- Ocean Research Vessel (ORV) Sagar Nidhi is a multidisciplinary vessel operated by the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
- It was built in 2007 by Fincantieri, Italy.
- It is India’s third research vessel after Sagar Purvi and Sagar Paschimi.
- It is 104 metres long and 18 metres wide.
- It is powered by fully automatic diesel-electric propulsion.
- It is designed with blue-water capability with ranges of up to 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km) for voyages lasting up to 45 days.
- It is equipped to launch submersible capsules capable of taking scientists to a depth of six km below sea level.
- The vessel is capable of carrying out geo-scientific, meteorological and oceanographic research.
- The vessel would be used for launching tsunami monitoring systems and remotely operable vehicles, for identifying mines and gas hydrates.
- It would provide a cutting-edge reference point for the study of marine theatres of operation, including tropical and polar environments.