Indian Naval Ship ‘SARVEKSHAK’
ON HYDROGRAPHIC MISSION IN MAURITIUS
1. Indian Naval Ship “Sarvekshak” has arrived in Mauritius at 0930 hrs on 30 December 2017 for a period of about one month for carrying out hydrographic and oceanographic surveys in our Exclusive Economic Zone.
2. The visit of INS Sarvekshak is thus the sixth deployment in our waters since her first time in 2006. During her earlier visits, the ship played a pivotal role in publication of navigational charts of Agalega Island, Port Louis Harbour and Mathurin Harbour. The ship last visited Mauritius in 2015 for carrying out surveys for submission of claim for extended continental shelf off Rodrigues.
3. A welcoming ceremony for the ship and its officers has being organized on its arrival at 0930 hrs on 30 January 2017. The Hon Minister of Housing and Lands, Purmanund Jhugroo, The High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr Abhay Thakur, officers of the Ministry including the Supervising Officer, officers of National Coast Guard and the Police Band were present to receive the ship at Quay D, Port-Louis.
4. Tasks to be Undertaken by the Ship.
The deployment of INS Sarvekshak would pave the way for publishing navigational chart of ‘Approaches to Grand Port’. In due course, the chart will be available for sale at the Ministry of Housing & Lands for users in Mauritius, as well as for seafarers all over the world. Apart from primary survey task, the ship will also carry out data collection for scientific research in the South Eastern part of Mauritius for Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) and Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping. Students from University of Mauritius and officers from organizations related with ocean matters are participating in the survey and will benefit from the training during ship’s two sea sorties.
5. INS Sarvekshak is thus poised to fulfill her role as the “Pathfinder to the Seafarer” with the ultimate aim to enhance the Navigational safety of the oceans surrounding Mauritius.
6. The hydrographic cooperation between Government of India and Republic of Mauritius dates back to 2005, when Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries.
7. INS Sarvekshak, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the year 2002. The word “Sarvekshak” means “the surveyor. As the name indicates, the primary role of the ship is to carry out surveys for publishing Navigational Charts of marine areas aimed at improving maritime safety. The ship is fitted with advanced state of the art surveying suite which includes deep sea Multibeam Sonars, Side Scan Sonars, high accuracy positioning equipment, Current Meters, Sound Velocity Profilers and optical survey instruments. The ship is also adequately equipped to undertake oceanographic surveys towards scientific research. The ship carries an integral helicopter and four fully equipped survey crafts. These resources will be extensively deployed during this period for hydrographic data collection.