Ocean Research Vessels

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The research-vessel fleet consists of six research vessels viz ORV Sagar Kanya, FORV Sagar Sampata, TDV Sagar Nidhi, BTV Sagar Manjusha, CVR’s Sagar Purvi & Sagar Paschmi currently, and a seventh being the Polar Research Vessel (PRV) which is being considered for construction. Of the total seven vessels, four of them fall under the ageing research vessel category and the remaining three research vessels have been acquired/being acquired, recently. The four research vessels that have been proposed for their replacement, two are ocean going class and two are coastal research vessel class. During the current (XI Plan) the replacement of two Coastal Research Vessels (CRVs), viz., Sagar Purvi and Sagar Paschimi have already been proposed. The EFC proposal for acquisition of two CRVs at a cost of Rs.127.75 crores is under consideration during 2011-12 and the spill over component to the XII plan.

The details of the ocean going class research vessels proposed for replacement during the XII Plan period are provided as below:

It is pertinent to note that the two Ocean going Research Vessels, viz., ORV Sagar Kanya and FORV Sagar Sampada were built under an exchange programmes of German and Danish Governments way back in 1983-84 and they catered to the requirements of all the major programmes of the MoES as well as the national institutions under CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, ONGC and Universities during the last three decades. Their replacement is imperative due to the fact that the annual investments for their repairs, running and maintenance is increasing due to their ageing and the endurance of the vessels is also considerably reduced. The ship time availability for various programmes also reduced vis-à-vis the increasing demand of ship time for the scientific programmes has been many fold.

It is therefore proposed that ORV Sagar Kanya replacement is projected to cost Rs.600 crores and FORV Sagar Sampada replacement costs are of the order of Rs.500 crores.

a) Objectives:

  1. Replacement of ORV Sagar Kanya, FORV Sagar Sampada, two Coastal Research Vessels (CRVs), viz., Sagar Purvi and Sagar Paschimi.
  2. To provide National facility for undertaking cruises to cater to the requirements of all the major programmes of the MoES as well as the national institutions under CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, ONGC, Universities etc.
  3. Construction and commissioning of an ocean research vessel with state-of-the-art instrumentation for atmospheric sciences and physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanographic studies.

b) Participating Institutions:

  1. National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa
  2. Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology, Kochi
  3. National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai

c) Implementation Plan:

All tasks related to the planning, drawing up the design specifications including onboard scientific instrumentation, floating of a Global Tender, identification of a suitable shipyard, monitoring the work vis-à-vis the timelines, sea-trails and commissioning would be co-ordinated by NCAOR with guidance from a National Committee to be constituted for the purpose.

  1. Replacement of two CRVs, Design, Ships Construction Costs by 2014-15
  2. Replacement of ORV Sagar Kanya, Concept, Design, Ship Construction by 2016-17.
  3. Replacement of FORV Sagar Sampada, Concept, Design, Ship Construction by 2016-17.
  4. Operation, Running and Maintenance of all replaced vessels as above & existing vessels.

d) Deliverables:

A state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel for studies pertaining to atmospheric sciences and physical, chemical, biological and geological oceanography.

  1. Four new Research Vessels in place of Two CRVs, ORV Sagar Kanya and FORV Sagar Sampada
  2. about 200 cruises for implementing scientific programs of the MoES as well as the national institutions under CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, ONGC and Universities.

e) Budget requirement : 1483 crores

(Rs. In crores)

Budget Requirement
Name of the Scheme 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Total
Replacement of Two CRVs, Design, Ships Construction Costs 60.00 55.00 15.00 -- -- 130.00
Operation, Maintenance and Running Costs of Two CRVs after their acquisition -- -- 5.00 6.00 6.00 16.00
Operation, Running and Maintenance of Two CRVs until the acquisition of Two & Sagar Nidhi & Sagar Manjusha 54.00 45.00 39.00 53.00 46.00 237.00
Replacement of ORV Sagar Kanya, Concept, Design, Ship Construction Costs 5.00 220.00 260.00 90.00 25.00 600.00
Replacement of FORV Sagar Sampada, Concept, Design, Ship Construction Costs 5.00 180.00 240.00 50.00 25.00 500.00
Total 129.00 490.00 614.00 198.00 102.00 1483.00

 

Last Updated On 04/09/2015 - 10:59
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