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Post at: Jul 06 2022

‘Nirdeshak’ (Yard 3026) Second Vessel of Survey Vessel (Large) Project

Recent Context

  • On May 26, 2022, Nirdeshak, the second of the four Survey Vessels (Large) (SVL) Project was launched at Kattupalli, Chennai. 
  • It was built by GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers) in collaboration with L&T shipbuilding for Indian Navy.
  • The ship has taken its name from erstwhile Nirdeshak, which was also an Indian Naval Survey ship and was decommissioned after 32 years of service in Dec 2014.

Key Facts

  • The contract for building four SVL ships was signed between Ministry of Defence and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata in October 2018. 
  • The first of class ship ‘Sandhayak’ was launched in December 2021 at GRSE, Kolkata.
  • The SVL ships will replace the existing Sandhayak Class survey ships with new generation hydrographic equipment to collect oceanographic data. 
  • The Survey Vessel (Large) ships have a deep displacement of about 3400 tons and a complement of 235 personnel. 
  • The ship is designed to operate at cruise speed of 14 knots and maximum speed of 18 knots. 
  • The primary role of the ships would be to undertake full scale coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys of Ports and navigational channels. 
  • The ships would also be deployed for collecting oceanographic and geophysical data for defence as well as civil applications. 
  • In their secondary role, the ships are capable of providing limited defence, besides serving as Hospital ships during emergencies.
  • GRSE has aimed to deliver Sandhayak, the first ship of SVL by Jan 2023.
  • The delivery of the second ship Nirdeshak is likely by Apr 2023. 

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