The vessel Sagar Paschima, designed by the National Ship Design and Research Centre, Vishakapatnam, and built by Alcock Ashdown Gujarat Ltd, will be used to facilitate monitoring of coastal marine pollution. It is equipped with scientific and experimental trawling winches for collection of seaplankton, sediment and biological samples and has two laboratories with sophisticated instruments such as auto-analyser, spectrophotometer and spectrofluororimeter. It is also provided with portable single- and multi-beam echo-sounders for coastal oceanographic and engineering studies.
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