Sunday, December 25, 2022

Sagar Samrat - Drill Ship


Sagar Samrat is a drill-ship, a merchant vessel designed for use in exploratory offshore drilling of new oil and gas wells or for scientific drilling purposes. It was the first rig that drilled the first well offshore in 1974.

Here are five things you need to know about Sagar Samrat:

  •   It is located at Bombay High, 176 kilometers off the coast of Mumbai.
  •  It is managed by Oils and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
  • Sagar Samrat has a drilling depth of 18,000 feet (5,486 metre) and ONGC has plans to convert the rig to take over oil production duties replacing Bombay High north platform.
  • In 1960s, after India's industrialisation overdrive, the energy requirement rocketed and, during 1964-67, a Russian oil exploration team operating from the seismic exploration vessel Akademik Arkhangelsky discovered India's largest oil and gas field which was named Bombay High. After a major fire accident in July 2005, the north platform was lost hence Sagar Samrat is being turned over to Bombay High operations.
  • Sagar Samrat has been in service for 32 years. The rig has drilled 125 wells and has been associated with 14 major discoveries adding more than 3 billion tonnes of oil and gas reserves.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

INSV Mhadei -Sagar Parikrama (circum navigation by sea)


Length 17.1 meter
Length of Waterline 14.40 meter
Beam 5 meter
Displacement 23 tons
Draft 2.7 mtrs
Material Wood Core Fibreglass
Height of Mast 21 mtrs from the waterline
Design By Van De Stadt

INSV Mhadei made history by successfully completing the 'Sagar Parikrama' project for the Indian Navy, a Goa built yacht manufactured by Aquarius Fiberglas Pvt Ltd. Commander  Dilip Donde became the first Indian to sail solo and circumnavigate the world. Goa has a special meaning for the boat and its crew, not only because it was built on the island of Diwar, but also because it gets its name from the ancient name of the Mandvi River.

The Sagar Parikrama program, which literally means 'circumnavigation by sea' in Hindi, is the Indian Navy's first solo circumnavigation operation. This ambitious project was conceived and overseen by V Adm (Retd) MP Awati, his VrC himself an avid sailor and receiving active support from the Indian Navy and Ministry of Defense. After researching various yacht designs, the Indian Navy focused on the Vandestadt Tonga 56 and the contract went to Aquarius Fiberglas Pvt Ltd. The boat was completed 13 months later and underwent intensive sea trials in the Arabian Sea off Goa. The boat proved to be, in the words of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, 'a suitable boat for round-the-world trips without major drawbacks'.

Mhadei is a 56 foot sloop with a displacement of 23 tons of wood core fiberglass construction, equipped with all the necessary navigation and communication equipment for a solo circumnavigation. The boat has her suite of 8 sails, consisting of 2 mainsails, 2 genoas, 1 staysail each, 1 storm her pegs, and 2 genakers. She is also equipped with the latest communication and navigation equipment and is equipped for paperless navigation, internet broadband and worldwide telephony. During her voyage of more than 21,000 miles, the ship stopped at only four of her ports: Fremantle, Christchurch, the Falkland Islands and Cape Town. She was valued in all ports for its strong and sturdy build. Soloist Commander Dilip Donde praises the boat. "You can only think of sailing around the world when you have a strong ship and Madei lives up to your expectations."

 The boat was flagged in Mumbai on 19 August 2009 and after a successful voyage she returned to Mumbai on 19 May 2010.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

TRISHNA Yacht India Stamp



Built in 1970 at the OY Nautors Ab shipyard in Pietarsaari, Finland, she was designed by Sparkman and Stevens as a Swan-class ship. She weighs 10.5 tons, she is 36.6 feet long, 10.9 feet wide and 6.1 feet draft.

In 1985 she was sold to India's Sapper Adventure Foundation and renamed TRISHNA, which in Hindi means the urge to satisfy a deep-seated desire. From 1985 to 1987 she was used for circumnavigation from India and was boarded by Indian Navy personnel. She sailed west via the Panama Canal (course shown on stamp).

 She has since completed two more of her long trips. From 1994 she returned to Singapore from Bombay in 1995 and from 1996 she returned to Muscat from Bombay in 1997 she returned to Salalah Ramahe. During the year 1000 she made another voyage from Mumbai to Singapore and visited many ports during her voyage to and from Singapore.


Sunday, December 4, 2022



India issued in December 1997 a series of stamps for the Indepex ’97 World Philatelic Exhibition of which the 6.00R stamp shows us a sailing mail boat in one of the rivers of India.
By the stamp is given:
An experimental River Mail was commenced in 1828 by the Governor-General Lord William Bentinck for carrying mail via the river from Calcutta to Allahabad.
By 1834 the Prinsep enterprise was well established with longboats of six sails ( The stamp shows 4 sails) and with steam power in the bow and a rudder astern. These craft with a shallow draught could easily navigate the river with a depth of 2½ ft. of water at most places even at the height of the monsoon.
Though initially they were used only to transport parcels, later was this extended to the transport of goods and the mails


Friday, December 2, 2022

 Decommissioning of INS Ganga – 2018

INS Ganga of Indian Navy is the fourth ship to bear this illustrious name and was commissioned into Indian Navy on 30 Dec 1985. A Godavari class ship built by Mazagaon Docks ltd Mumbai was decommissioned on 22 Mar 2018 after 33 years of glorious Service to the Nation.

A Special Cover was released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 21 Mar 2018 to commemorate the event.

INS Ganga, the second of the indigenously built ‘Godavari’ class guided missile frigate, was commissioned into the #IndianNavy on 30 December 1985. The ship has a displacement of 4,200 tonnes, a length of 125 metres and a beam of 14.4 metres and is capable of speed in excess of 25 knots. The ship is manned by a crew of 30 officers and 300 sailors. The ship is fitted with a medium range gun, close range anti-aircraft guns, surface to surface missiles, surface to air Barak missiles and torpedo launchers. The ship has a wide array of sensors which cover all facets of maritime warfare. In addition to operating a combination of Seaking, ALH and Chetak helicopters, the ship is also capable of operating UAVs over the sea. This enables the ship to perform a wide variety of roles including coastal and offshore patrolling, monitoring of Sea Lines of Communication, maritime diplomacy and counter terrorism and anti-piracy operations. The ship is one of the early examples of “Make in India” with respect to indigenous warship design and building capability, as it was designed entirely by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. The ship is named after the holy Ganga River in North India flowing from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. The crest of Ganga represents the snow covered mountain peaks of the Himalayas which is the source of the river, with green valleys in the foreground and the river flowing through the valley in blue colour. The ship lives up to and by her motto of ‘Fight to Vanquish the Enemy’.