Ever since the first Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica way back in 1981, India has been managing the transportation of the expedition personnel and cargo to and back from Antarctica through chartered vessels. However, the very fact that these vessels were basically ice-class cargo vessels rendered them unsuitable for oceanographic research work. Taking into consideration (i) the growing need of the scientific community to initiate studies in the frontier realms of ocean sciences, (ii) the uncertainty in the charter-hire of polar vessels and the ever-escalating chartering costs, and (iii) the expansion of our scientific activities into the Arctic and Southern Ocean, the Ministry, during the early part of the XI Plan period, decided to explore the feasibility of constructing and commissioning a polar research vessel which can cater to both the scientific and logistics aspects of the polar and Southern Ocean programmes. As the nodal agency responsible for the implementation of the country’s polar and Southern Ocean programmes, NCAOR was entrusted with the task of planning, co-ordinating and accomplishing the various facets of the work programme. Pursuant to the approvals of the EFC and related competent bodies/authorities, NCAOR initiated the preliminary work towards the implementation of the programme during 2008-09.
National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa
When delivered the polar research vessel will cater to the scientific and logistics needs of the Indian scientific endeavors in Antarctica, Southern Ocean and Arctic seas.
So far the expeditions have been launched using cargo vessels with the result that no significant marine scientific experiments could be launched.
Owning our own ice breaker vessel will reduce India’s dependence on foreign vessels and give us freedom of planning diverse scientific programs.
The ship will also cater to two different Indian stations- Maitri and Bharati- so far as replenishing the life saving commodities such as fuel, food and medicines as also other equipment such as snow vehicles, scientific equipment are concerned, thereby saving huge foreign exchange.
(Rs. In crores)
|Name of the Scheme||2012-13||2013-14||2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||Total|
|Construction of Polar Research Vessel||316.00||321.00||137.00||22.00||1.00||797.00|
Last Updated On 04/06/2015 - 16:58