Union Minister for Mines Dinsha J. Patel dedicated state of art Geo-scientific research vessel RV Samudra Ratnakar to the nation at Kandla Port of Gujarat on 12 October 2013.
RV Samudra Ratnakar is specially designed to carry out sea bed-mapping, mineral exploration in the deep waters along with geo-scientific oceanographic researches.
The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in the last week of September 2013 took the delivery of Korean manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries’ oceanographic research vessel RV Samudra Ratnakar.
About RV Samudra Ratnakar
• The research vessel RV Samudra Ratnakar is 103 m long, 13 m wide and can travel at an average speed of 11.4 knots. It will be used for survey and exploration of the seabed in Indian and international waters at depths of 10000 m.
• The vessel Samudra Ratnakar will be docked in Mangalore.
• RV Samudra Ratnakar built at world’s largest Ship building yard of Ulsan, South Korea. Cost of the vessel is 600-crore Rupees.
• The Geological Survey of India on 7 August 2013 entered into an agreement with Shipping Corporation of India for the management, operations as well as maintenance of Samudra Ratnakar.
Who: Government of India
When: 12 October 2013