In­dian Navy inducts first cata­ma­ran sur­vey ves­sel


Herald­ing a new, al­beit small, chap­ter in In­dian ship­build­ing, the In­dian Navy has in­ducted its first cata­ma­ran hy­dro­graphic sur­vey ves­sel, INS Makar, the first of its kind to be in­ducted. The ship has been built by Al­cock Ash­down Gu­jarat Ltd. The ship is pro­pelled by four Cummins-built en­gines and two bow thrusters. With two on­board sur­vey mo­tor boats, the en­tire propul­sion, nav­i­ga­tional and power man­age­ment sys­tems on the INS Makar have been in­te­grated into a sin­gle state-of-the-art sys­tem called In­te­grated Plat­form Man­age­ment Sys­tem, now stan­dard on all in­dige­nously built ships for the Navy and Coast Guard. The equip­ment on INS Makar in­cludes au­ton­o­mous un­der­wa­ter ve­hi­cles (AUVs) and re­motely op­er­ated ve­hi­cles (ROVs) for spe­cific in­ves­ti­ga­tions, an ad­vanced Elec­tronic Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem, Multi­beam Swath Sound­ing Sys­tems and Sub Bot­tom Pro­filer. The ves­sel also has a full range of lat­est oceano­graphic and land sur­vey equip­ment. INS Makar ac­com­mo­dates six of­fi­cers and 44 sailors. Ac­cord­ing to the Navy, “The ship has en­hanced In­dian Navy’s al­ready ex­ist­ing world class sea/ocean sur­vey ca­pa­bil­ity. INS Makar also marks a new chap­ter in the an­nals of hy­drog­ra­phy in our coun­try. The pri­mary role of the ship is to un­der­take hy­dro­graphic sur­veys, re­quired for pro­duc­tion of nau­ti­cal charts and pub­li­ca­tions aimed at im­prov­ing nav­i­ga­tional safety at sea. She is equipped with an ar­ray of mod­ern sur­vey­ing equip­ment and also un­der­take lim­ited oceano­graphic sur­veys to­wards pro­vid­ing marine en­vi­ron­men­tal data.”

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