Sunday, May 16, 2010

Indian Navy to buy hydrographic survey vessels to train sailors

To train naval cadets on coastal and oceanic hydrographic survey, the Indian Navy is on the lookout for a shipbuilder with the capability to build vessels that can map underwater landscape.The vessels are required to carry out surveys near ports and harbours for determination of navigational approaches, channels and routes for defence applications."We want these survey vessels to be modelled on our own INS Darshak built by the Goa Shipyard and commissioned into naval service in 2001," a navy officer said in New Delhi today.Keeping in mind its future order for such survey vessels, the Navy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to shipyards, both in public and private sector, he added.

Darshak is the navy's eighth survey vessel with a length of approximately 85 metres and 1,800-tonne to 2,000tonne standard displacement.The vessels, the RFI said, would have an expected life of 25 years and adhere to International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships..........................................Read More

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