Wärtsilä To Design Research Vessel For The Geological Survey of India
Wärtsilä has signed a contract to design and supervise the construction of a modern oceanographic research vessel for the marine wing of the Geological Survey of India (GSI). In addition to design and supervising the construction process, Wärtsilä will be involved in selecting the onboard scientific instruments, and in arranging training for GSI scientists.
"The new vessel is the third of its kind that Wärtsilä is designing for India," says Mr Arne Stenersen, managing director, Wärtsilä Ship Design in Norway. "The first one, Sagar Nidhi, is already in service and being operated by the National Institute of Ocean Technology."
A new set of rules apply to the design of this research vessel. The focus is on how the scientific tools perform and on the vessel's ability to adapt to what she will be expected to explore in the future. Completion of the project is scheduled for the first quarter of 2012.
Established in 1851, GSI is India's second-oldest survey company. An ocean-going research vessel and two GSI coastal vessels have been carrying out seabed surveys within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), India's territorial waters and in international waters. GSI's mandate is to quantify the country's existing resources and identify new ones.
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