In the year 1983, under Indo-German collaboration, a multidisciplinary research vessel was built in Germany and delivered in India to Ministry of Earth Sciences (then Department of Ocean Development). The vessel is a versatile ocean observing platform equipped with technologically advanced scientific equipment and related facilities. The vessel has been built in conformity with highest class requirements of “Lloyd’s Register of Shipping” and “Indian Register of Shipping". The vessel is fully automatic diesel-electric type equipped with DP System. In addition to the twin-screw propulsion two fin rudders and one bow thruster will give the vessel excellent maneuvering ability.