CIFNET Unit, Visakhapatnam

Vizag Unit

CIFNET Unit at Visakhapatnam is functioning from a spacious complex of 3300 sq.m. built in a plot of 1.035 acres located in front of the Fishing Harbour since 1981. The Unit has well established Marine engineering Workshop, Fishing Gear Workshop, Navigation Chart hall, Electrical and Electronic labs and Library.  A fishery training vessel, M V Tarangini of 24m length (OAL) is attached with the Institute for on board practical training.

A Boys'Hostel with a capacity of 70 trainees is located in a separate campus near to the office building.

Vizag Hostel


Guest Rooms, both A/c and Non A/c are also available for the benefit of officials on tour.

Technical Divisions

1. Seamanship and Nautical Division

At CIFNET Unit, Visakhapatnam, the division is well equipped with Life saving appliances such as life raft, life jacket, life buoy, EPIRB, SART etc. and Fire fighting appliances such as fire extinguishers, fire hose, nozzle, ISC etc., for practical demonstrations.  Various navigational equipments such as magnetic compass, marine sextant, pelorus, azimuth mirror etc are provided for practical demonstration. The division possesses an exclusive chart hall and facilities for navigation chart practice.


2. Fishing Gear Division

The division has well established fishing gear hall, for the conduct of practical classes with visual models of various fishing gears, craft and fishing gear materials & its accessories for demonstration. Practical training on fabrication and mending of different fishing gears are imparted. This division also carryout design and fabrication of fishing gears for deep sea fishing.

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3. Marine Engineering Workshop

Marine Engineering Workshop includes Engine section, Machine Shop Section, Welding, Smithy, Fitting and Carpentry section. The facilities in Machine shop includes Lathe machines, Milling machine, Drilling machine, Shaper and Engine section consists of different HP engines of Single cylinder and Multi cylinder, Two working model engines, OBM’s and various types of compressors.

This Marine Engineering workshop is extensively used for the practical training of Marine Fitter Trainees in the fields of Marine Engineering, Fitting, Turning, Smithy, Thread cutting, Welding and Maintenance of engines.

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4. Training Division

The training section of the Unit schedule, monitor training activities of trade courses and other short term courses in liaison with CIFNET hq.  

5. Library

At Visakhapatnam Unit, the Library is having a good collection of Technical books/Journals in various subjects viz. Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, Fishing Craft, Gear Technology, Workshop Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics, Computer Science, Fishery Biology, Fish handling, Marine Meteorology, Oceanography, Refrigeration, Hydraulics etc.

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6. Training Vessel

The Visakhapatnam Unit of CIFNET is functioning with the fishery training vessel M.V.Tharangini, for imparting onboard practical training on fishing, seamanship Navigation and marine engineering. The fishery training vessel operate different types of fishing gear viz. Bottom trawls, Shrimp trawl and Tuna Long lining and impart all these fishing techniques to the trainees.

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Specifications of Fishery Training Vessels

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