In a major boost to oceanographic studies
in Odisha coast, the coastal monitoring vessel ďSagar Utkalí of Odisha State
Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) under Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Project was dedicated 5 August from Paradip port.
This vessel was inducted for in-situ and
on-board scientific analysis of oceanographic environment parameters.
The oceanographic study would play an
important role in establishing the baseline data of the coastal stretch, which
in the long run would give a realistic assessment of health of the sea coast.
The vessel would come in handy for the
scientific assessment of 80 Km coastal stretch from Dhamra to Paradip in the
Bay of Bengal. Besides microscopic observation of biological oceanography
activities can now be meticulously performed with the on-board laboratory facility
put in place at the vessel, said Anupam Behera, Nodal Officer, Integrated
Coastal Zone Management Project of OSPCB.
Sagar Utkal is a catamaran double-hulled
18.5 metre long vessel with seven metre width. Itís a typical research oriented
vessel that sails at slow pace of 8 nautical miles per hour. Itís equipped with
laboratory facilities for scientific analysis on board.
Debidutta Biswal, member secretary OSPCB,
Rinkesh Roy, chairman Paradip Port Trust, Susanta Nanda, Project Director,
ICZMP, Ajit Pattnaik ex-PD, ICZMP and Chief Executive Officer, Dhamra port
among others graced the occasion even as the state-of-the-art vessel begun its
voyage for oceanographic monitoring activities.