Recently, the Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh, visited the Indian Subcontinent’s Pioneer Ocean Research Vessel Ship (ORV) “Sagar Nidhi” and interacted with the top Scientists on the deck.
- It was built in 2007 & commissioned in 2008 for the country’s marine research programme.
- It is the third research vessel after Sagar Purvi and SagarPaschimi.
- The vessel is capable of carrying out geo-scientific, meteorological and oceanographic research.
- 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 the first Indian flagged research ship that reached the 66°S latitude, i.e. the Antarctic waters.
- MoES has, at present 6 ships, SagarNidhi, SagarManjusha, SagarKanya, SagarSampada, SagarTara & SagarAnveshika, which are used for many ocean studies and applications including ocean observations.
A research vessel is a ship or boat designed, modified, or equipped to carry out research at sea. They carry out a number of roles. Vessels are arguably the most critical element in any ocean-going venture. Such technology demonstration vessels are required for exploration and harnessing ocean resources for the Blue Economy.
It refers to an oceangoing fleet able to operate on the high seas far from its nation’s home ports.