Dr. Samir K. Brahmachari, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary (DSIR), Govt. of India took over the newly acquired Research Vessel Sindhu Sadhana in the presence of Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India, at a function held at Western India Shipyard Limited, Marmugao on 28 December 2013. The new ship will be operated by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) for carrying out multi-disciplinary research in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal as well as Indian Ocean. The indigenously built vessel has been constructed at ABG Shipyard at Surat in Gujarat.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Brahmachari urged the scientists to ensure that the ship is utilized not only for basic scientific research but should also cater to applied research such as exploring for new minerals and hydrocarbon resources as well as assisting the fishing community leading to economic growth of the country. He further suggested to carry out oceanographic expeditions onboard which will help in understanding the processes in the seas around India and provide inputs for forecasting the variations in marine environment that affect large populations living along the coast. Dr. Nayak mentioned that Indian Oceanographic community takes pride to have the first indigenously built multi-disciplinary vessel joining the fleet of research vessels of the country to explore marine resources and environment. While expressing his gratitude towards CSIR and MoES for their financial and technical support in acquiring the ship, Dr. SWA Naqvi, Director, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) assured that RV Sindhu Sadhana will serve as platform to launch oceanographic research programmes of global importance and translate this knowledge to the benefit of the nation.
The 80 m long and 17.6 m wide ship can accommodate 57 personnel including 29 Scientists and 28 crew members. She is designed for a cruising speed of 13.5 knots and an endurance of 45 days. The ship is equipped with a number of laboratories for online data collection and data processing including sophisticated instruments to study the biological, geological, chemical and physical aspects from oceans. The vessel is equipped with dynamic positioning system that allows holding the vessel at a point for sampling including 24 meter long sediment cores. It also facilitates precise deployment of instrumented moorings, towing of Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.
CSIR-NIO is planning to carry out oceanographic expeditions onboard RV Sindhu Sadhana, which will help in gathering seafloor information resulting from high resolution mapping and sampling will help in identifying suitable areas for offshore developments and mineral prospecting including petroleum hydrocarbons. Studies on sedimentary processes and their role in burial of organic matter and sequestering of atmospheric carbon dioxide in marine sediments which play a significant role in global carbon budget will also be conducted.