Chennai, Mar 2 (UNI) Union Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Minister Kapil Sibal will dedicate 'Sagar Nidhi,' a milti-purpose scientific vessel, to the nation here tomorrow.
The vessel is expected to provide logistical support in India's Antarctic II and Arctic missions, which are on the cards in the next five years.
It has on-board housing facilities for nearly 40 scientists. The vessel, 100 m long, 20 m wide and 5 m deep, could achieve a speed between 10 and 20 knots.
The ship would assist in shallow water surveys, deep sea mining and ocean technology ventures like gas hydrate extraction technology development.
It has the capability to monitor remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, support underwater observation systems and help with the maintenance of data buoys.
Among the latest instruments it carries include a dynamic positioning system, systems for launching remote controlled vehicles, hydraulic lifts, a low free board, ten-tonne cranes to repair data buoys in mid-sea, salvage and tow gear for emergency assistance, a helipad on board, ice strengthening gear, modular labs and science vans.
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