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Ocean Engineering Chapter

Ocean Engineering Society as a Chapter under India Council was organized to enrich the knowledge and interest of people towards ocean research, resource and technology involved to it. OES as subunit of India council will be working with all the Sections in the India Council promoting the mutual interests of India's Oceanic Engineers and the IEEE. 

Ocean engineering Society in India was planned by, Dr. M. A. Atmanand, Project Director at the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai, India and with lot of efforts and support from IEEE OES Headquarters, specially from Dr. James Collins, Chapters Coordinator and Vice President of Professional Activities, IEEE India Council and Madras Section and other fellow members from India. Dr. Atmanand is now designated as the interim Chairman.

In India Ocean engineering is an emerging field with tremendous potential of resources, manpower  as it is bounded with ocean on the three sides. India has an old maritime history dating back to about 4,500 years. The main link was trade primarily in cotton, pepper and other spices. However, due to various reasons like colonialism, India did not develop to the extent of the west in later years. Since India’s independence in 1947 and the subsequent visionaries in India Government, a number of ship yards, Technical, R&D and Institutes called Indian Institutes of Technologies (IIT) came up at different parts of India. After the recent opening of the market to global players, there has been a quantum jump in Indian economy, specially related to Ocean Engineering, with many private multinational organisations setting up infrastructural facilities and utilising the already available facilities in the various R&D and other test set ups.

Out of the major IITs, one in Chennai (Madras) (http://www.iitm.ac.in/Departments/Ocean%20Engineering.html) and another in Kharagpur (http://www.iitkgp.ac.in/departments/home.php?deptcode=NA) has dedicated Ocean engineering departments to cater to the needs of Indian Ocean Engineering Industry. While these are the premier Institutes, there quite a few other Universities, which have Batchelor and Masters programmes in areas related to Ocean Engineering like the Cochin University of Science and Technology ( CUSAT - http://dept.cusat.ac.in/index.php?deptcode=ship) . The funding of these Institutes is mainly by the State. But they also take up consultancy projects from Indian and foreign Industry on a large scale.

Coming to the Governance, Ministry of Earth sciences, of Government of India is the main body which looks into working of all the National laboratories related to Oceans. The links to all these Institutes can be obtained from the Ministry’s home page : http://www.dod.nic.in/ . The major Institutes under this ministry are :

  1. National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai
  2. National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa
  3. Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM), Chennai
  4. Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad
  5. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi
  6. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
  7. Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi

Funding for all these laboratories are from the State through this Ministry. Relevant projects to be taken up by Universities are also funded by the Ministries through the above Institutes on a case to case basis.

Apart from the above, National Institute of Oceanography at Goa is the premier Institute dedicated to Oceanography in India.

The activities of the institutes related to Ocean Engineering are as follows:

NIOT as a technical arm of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt of India, are involved in development of technology from the Oceans. Some of the activities are, Energy from Ocean, developing the technology for mining manganese nodules from Central Indian Ocean Basin, Remotely operated vehicle for 6000m for gas hydrates survey, establishing Tsunami warning buoy system and weather data buoy network in the Oceans, etc. The Institute has four research vessels staring from Coastal (Sagar Purvi and Sagar Paschimi) to deep ocean research vessel with DP class II, Sagar Nidhi, for a variety of Ocean engineering activities.

NCAOR plans, promotes, co-ordinates and executes the entire gamut of polar science and logistic activities of the country in order to ensure a perceptible and influential presence of India in Antarctica and to uphold India’s strategic interests in the global framework of nations in the southern continent and the surrounding oceans.

INCOIS, has a mission i.e. to provide the best possible ocean information and advisory services to the society, industry, government and scientific community through sustained ocean observations and constant improvement through systematic and focused research. All the Ocean data collected using the various ocean weather buoys and tsunami buoys deployed and maintained by NIOT are received, processed and disseminated from this Institute.

The other laboratories cater to the non-ocean engineering area of work.

Coming to the commercial area of Ocean engineering India, there are a number of ship yards both in the Government sector and private sector. In view of the market boom, it is learnt that yards have orders booked to 5 years and more.

Another major player in this area is the oil and gas industry. The State player is the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC). ONGC ranks as the Numero Uno Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (E&P) Company in Asia, as per Platts 250 Global Energy Companies List for the year 2007. With oil price booming in the International level, efforts to increase the average recovery from 28% to 40% is on.  Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) is the largest Oil & Gas acreage holder among the Private sector companies in India with 33 domestic exploration blocks covering an area of about 337,000 sq. km.

Another important area is in the India Navy. There are various Defence research and Development Laboratories, the major ones in this area are Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) at Kochi and Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Vizag.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops are held by these organizations periodically. Some of them like SYMPOL, held once in two years is of significance.

With the above background we propose to network through all means possible the range of Ocean Engineers in India though this OES so that synergy takes place and Ocean engineers come out of their own area of work. However, it is felt that the involvement of engineers especially from commercial organizations is very difficult due to their special nature of work. However, we will try to network through existing members at nearby locations. The immediate plan is to organise  a simple inauguration of the OES in India and then go ahead with meetings and talks. The priority would be to reach out to as many prospective members as possible and increase the membership in OES.

Already existing members of IEEE, working in ocean related areas or interested to know about the same are welcome to add to their membership during their next renewal. Engineers and Scientists who are already in the area of Ocean related work should become a member of this Society in order to widen their frontiers. More information about OES membership benefits is available at : http://www.oceanicengineering.org/main.cfm?EID=24.

The list of current members are given below:            


Sl. No.

Name Prefix

Last Name

First Name

City

 

 

 

 

 

1

DR

CHANDER

V

COCHIN

2

DR

SASEENDRAN PILLAI

P

TRIKKAKARA

3

MR

BAHL

RAJENDAR

NEW DELHI

4

MR

KUMAR

ARUN

NEW DELHI

5

DR

ATMANAND

M

CHENNAI

6

DR

S

MAHENDRAN

DINDIGUL

7

MRS

AMIRTHALINGAM

MALARKODI

CHENNAI

8

MR

NALLAPERUMAL

KRISHNAN

TIRUNELVELI

9

DR

RAMADASS

ANANDA

CHENNAI

10

MR

RAJESH

SIVA

CHENNAI

11

MR

SHIBU

JACOB

CHENNAI

12

MS

CHITRA

DHINESH

CHENNAI

13

MR

DEEPAK

RAPHAEL

CHENNAI

Dr. M. A. Atmanand (atma@niot.res.in)

Chairman OES India Council and Vice Chair Madras Section

atmanandProject Director
National Institute of Ocean Technology
Velachery - Tambaram Road, Pallikaranai
Chennai 600 100
India

Phone +91 44 6678 3366
Fax +91 44 2246 2038




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