Acoustic Room: Sagar Sampada has state of art acoustic facilities for fish biomass estimations. These include SIMRAD EK 60 which operate at 38Khz, 120Khz and 200Khz frequencies. Acoustic profiling of the sea bottom is done using EA 200 operating at 12Khz frequency. B1 500 port processing software can be effectively used in the real time processing of acoustic data and estimation offish biomass.
Fishery Research Facilities: The autotrawl system on-board facilitated smooth fishing operations in deep waters. The integrated trawl instrumentation ensure synchronization of various gear parameters for good gear performance. Expo model trawl nets and HSDT crustacean version nets form the standard gear for demersal trawl for bottom surveys. Further, latest version Cosmos trawl for bottom surveys is also available at FORV shore station. The vessel has gear such as Issac-kid Mid water trawl and self closing RMTs for survey and assessment of DSL organisms. Deep freezer on-board has a capacity to store 10tons offish at 40°C
Plankton Research Facilities: The Vessel has most modern facilities for R & D on primary production and planktons. Modern plankton gear such as Multiple plankton net, Bongo nets and facilities for collection of micro zooplankton are available on-board. These facilities are complimented with a C14 laboratory for accurate primary productivity measurements.
Microbiology Lab: A state-of-th-art microbiology laboratory is a recent addition to FORV.Sagar Sampada. All facilities for microbial culture and analysis are available in the laboratory.
Other Scientific Facilities: Includes a hull mounted Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) for current measurements, Automatic Weather Station for routine collection of Met ocean data, LAN facilities, dark room facilities and a marine aquarium to conduct experiments on live animals.
FORV Sagar Sampada, 72 meter long multipurpose fishery oceanographic
vessel constructed at Dennebrog Shipyard Ltd, Denmark was commissioned on 6th November, 1984. The Vessel has so far completed 298 scientific cruises in the Indian Ocean including one cruise to the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean. The Vessel is ice strengthened to support India's scientific programme in the Southern
The vessel has accommodation facilities for a complement of 59, which include 34 crew members of the Shipping Corporation of India and 25 scientific/technicians. The vessel is equipped with Fleet 77 for communication purpose, satellite navigator for navigation, Helipad for emergency landing of a helicopter and a medical room with qualified doctor. FORV Sampada has an average speed of 10 knots and an endurance of 35 days.