Ministry of Earth Science

Deep Ocean Mission

Posted On: 15 MAR 2021 3:22PM by PIB Delhi

The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed as multi-ministerial multi-disciplinary programme with emphasis on development of deep sea technology, exploration of deep sea mineral resources and biodiversity, acquisition of a research vessel for exploration, deep sea observations, and capacity building. Ministry of Earth Sciences is the nodal agency for implementing the programme. The major objectives proposed under Deep Ocean Mission are as follows:

 

  1. Development of technologies for deep sea mining, underwater vehicles and underwater robotics;
  2. Development of ocean climate change advisory services;
  3. Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deepsea biodiversity;
  4. Deep ocean survey and exploration;
  5. Proof of concept studies on energy and freshwater from the ocean; and
  6. Establishing advanced marine station for ocean biology

 

The year wise and component wise estimates of the scheme are as follows:

 

S.No

Sub-scheme

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

Subtotal
Phase I

Review of Phase-I

2024-25

2025-26

Subtotal
Phase II

TOTAL

1

Development of Technologies for Deep Sea Mining, Underwater Vehicles and Underwater Robotics.

293.4

406.6

377.4

1077.40

268.8

191.8

460.60

1538

2

Development of Ocean Climate Change Advisory Services,

22.3

21.05

23.75

67.1

18.7

14.2

32.9

100

3

Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deep sea biodiversity,

157.25

143.52

59.78

360.55

43.1

21.35

64.45

425

4

Deep Ocean Survey and Exploration,

189.5

242

298

729.5

307.5

248.5

556

1285.50

5

Energy and freshwater from the Ocean

 

6.8

19.8

29.2

 

55.8

 

27.1

17.1

 

44.2

100

6

Advanced marine station for Ocean Biology

181

198

188

567

72

81

153

720

 

TOTAL

850.25

1030.97

976.13

2857.35

737.2

573.95

1311.15

4168.50

Phase I

2857.35

Phase II

1311.15

 

The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed to be a Central Sector Scheme and no separate allocation for States is envisaged. The funds are expected to be allocated based on the above estimates.

It is proposed to collaborate with non-governmental organizations for research collaboration for various components of Deep Ocean Mission.

Under Deep Ocean Mission, it is proposed to develop, test and demonstrate the mining technology for harvesting of polymetallic nodules from the Test Mine Site (TMS) in the allocated area of 75000 sq. km in the Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB). A manned submersible for 6000 m depth is also proposed to be developed as an ocean exploratory tool. 

This information was given by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology,  Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare in a written reply in Lok Sabha on March 12, 2021.

                                                                                                          

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SS/KG/LS-15-03-2021                      



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