FORV Sagar Sampada

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Name: FORV Sagar Sampada
Owner: Ministry of Earth Sciences
Operator: Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology
Port of registry: Kochi, India
Builder: Euroflex Marine, Aarhus, Denmark[1]
Launched: 1984
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics [2]
Type: Fishery protection/research vessel
Length: 71.5 m (234 ft 7 in)
Beam: 16.4 m (53 ft 10 in)
Draught: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 1 × 2,285 hp (1,704 kW) engine
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Range: 13,000 nmi (24,000 km; 15,000 mi)
Endurance: 15 days
Complement: 34 crew + 22 scientists

Fishery Oceanographic Research Vessel Sagar Sampada (FORV Sagar Sampada) is an Indian research vessel that is equipped to carry out multidisciplinary research in oceanography, marine biology and fishery science. The vessel is currently managed and operated by the Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi, a research institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, and is operated from Kochi. FORV Sagar Sampada is a platform for interdisciplinary expeditions in and around the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, with participation from various institutions, from India and abroad.

Built in Denmark, the vessel was commissioned at Mumbai in 1984. As of June 2014, FORV Sagar Sampada has completed 326 oceanographic expeditions, which includes one expedition to the Southern Ocean in the winter of 1995-96 for surveying fishery resources in Antarctic waters (Krill Expedition, FIKEX 1995).

The vessel has an overall length of 72.5m and is ice strengthened. The scientific facilities onboard includes, SeaBird CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) Profiler, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (75 kHz), Skalar Autoanalyser for nutrient analysis, AutoSal, Multiple Plankton Net (MPN), Grab, Dredge, Bongo Net for fish egg larvae and surface zooplankton collections, VELNet for Fish egg/larvae collection from the upper 10m, Multiple Frequency Echo Sounders (200 kHz, 120 kHz and 38 kHz), Side Scan Sonar, Integrated Trawl Instrumentation System, Integrated Fish Finding System, Automated Weather Stations, Facilities for fishing operations up to a depth of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft), facilities for sediment core sample collection etc. The vessel can accommodate 24 research personnel and 35 crew.


  1. ^ a b "Sagar Sampada". 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sagar Sampada". 2004. Retrieved 4 August 2012.