Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has inducted a ship for the purpose of undertaking deep-sea surveys as well as exploration of the minerals lying in the depths of oceans.
The ship named Samudra Ratnakar was dedicated on Saturday by Mines Minister Dinsha Patel at Kandla port. It was acquired by The Geological Survey of India (GSI) on 4 October 2013 for around Rs. 600 crore.
The Geological Survey of India has the plans of keeping around 50 scientists on board Samudra Ratnakar for the collection of data from the deep sea. It is furnished with latest technological instruments. With Samudra Ratnakar’s induction, the Geological Survey of India for the first time entered into an endeavor to explore deep-sea waters for survey.
It can sail at a stretch for around 45 days and will be docked at the Chennai port. Samudra Ratnakar has the capacity of 2700 DWT.
The GSI also entered into an agreement with Shipping Corporation of India for the management, operations as well as maintenance of Samudra Ratnakar. As of now, the GSI has already surveyed over 95 percent of 2012 million sq km Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), including around 105000 sq km of territorial waters (TW) of India. These surveys were conducted in the northern part of Indian Ocean, coastal waters of Arabian Sea, Andaman-Nicobar and Bay of Bengal through the fleet of three ships and vessels namely R V Samudra Manthan, R V Samudra Kaustubh and R V Samudra Shaudhikama.
The Geological Survey of India also included more than 700 cruises for the collection of data on the coastal waters of India. It also maintains its dedicated multidisciplinary marine wing with the offices in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Mangalore, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Cochin.
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