Harsh Vardhan launches Coastal Research Vessel Sagar Anveshika

Union Minister for Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan has launched Coastal Research Vehicle (CRV) ‘Sagar Anveshika’ at the Chennai Port. The vehicle will be used to carry out environment indexing and bathymetric (mapping underwater features) in both coastal and offshore waters.

It will be used for research purposes by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and has been built by Titagarh Wagons, Kolkata, West Bengal. NIOT already has 6 Research Vessels – Sagar Kanya, Sagar Sampada, Sagar Nidhi, Sagar Manusha, & Sagar Tara.

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About ‘Sagar Anveshika’:

  • Anveshika has been built under the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) and is a DP (Dynamic Positioning)-Capable vessel.
  • Anveshika will add to the capacity and capability for exploring the ocean which is a huge source of water, energy, food, minerals.
  • Utilizing the Research Vehicle, Marine Scientists can travel six kilometres below the sea. The scientists can also stay underwater for more than 16 hours to conduct research activities.
  • Anveshika will enable scientists to conduct various oceanographic research missions aboard, it houses modern laboratories equipped with the latest instruments.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • National Institute of Ocean Technology Director: Dr G A Ramadass.
  • National Institute of Ocean Technology  HQ: Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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