Wartsila to design research vessel for Geological Survey of India

The marine wing of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has awarded Wärtsilä a contract to design and supervise the construction of a modern oceanographic research vessel.

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HELSINKI, Finland -- The marine wing of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has awarded Wärtsilä a contract to design and supervise the construction of a modern oceanographic research vessel.

The new vessel will have an overall length of 95 m (312 ft), breadth of 19 m (62 ft), maximum draught of 6 m (20 ft), and speed of 14 knots.

“It's an interesting design challenge,” says Egil Sandvik, sales manager for Wärtsilä Ship Design. “She [the vessel] has to be capable of carrying out complicated operations such as handling ROVs, supporting manned underwater submersibles, and controlling autonomous drills that can drill up to 150 m (492 ft) below the seabed at depths of 1,000 m (3,281 ft) - not to mention the collection of seismic data and simple operations such as water and soil sampling.”

Project completion is scheduled for the 1Q 2012.

11/20/2009

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