Fincantieri launches oceanographic ship for India

09 Jul 2007

Fincantieri?s Muggiano shipyard (La Spezia) has launched the "Sagar Nidhi" ("Pearl of the Oceans"), an oceanographic vessel ordered for the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Madras.

The 5,000-ton ship, whose aft section was built at Riva Trigoso shipyard (Genova), is 104 metres long and 18 metres wide with delivery scheduled for next autumn. The vessel will constitute a cutting edge reference point for the study of the marine environment as it will be possible to work in all theatres of operation, including tropical and polar environments. Equipped with the latest technology for scientific studies, the ship will be used for oceanographic and hydrographic research, including water, ice and core sampling of the sea bed. From on board it will also be possible to manage ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles).

The ship is built to the highest national and international standards regarding the environment and safety on board, in order to be awarded the maximum class provided under the regulations of the naval registers of India (IRS) and Det Norske Veritas. One of the most important aspect was the containment of vibrations and noise levels and here Fincantieri has been able to implement innovative solutions by drawing on the experience gained in the construction of submarines. Moreover, during the construction process due attention was given to reliability requirements and plant maintenance.

This newbuilding is the first that Fincantieri has built for the Indian market and follows on from the contracts signed in 2004 with Cochin shipyard relating to the construction of the new aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy. In order to follow its activities in India and further strengthen its commercial relations, Fincantieri has opened a permanent office in New Delhi.

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