Kochi Core Center (KCC) houses one of the 3 IODP core repositories in the world [the other repositories are BCR (Bremen Core Repository of the University of Bremen, Germany) and the GCR (Gulf Coast Repository of the Texas A&M University, USA]. At the KCC, the IODP cores and those collected during the ODP and DSDP era (hereafter legacy cores) are stored in 3 large reefers at about 4℃. There is a large freezer to store samples at -20℃, and a special facility to store samples in liquid nitrogen. Besides these, there are air-conditioned reefer containers, which are used for storage of salt cores, core catcher samples and residues at room temperature and low humidity condition.
The 3 large reefers at the KCC are fitted with mobile core racks in order to enhance the storage capacity of the reefers. Each rack has mesh like structures to facilitate storage of core sections in commonly known D-tube. The current configuration of core racks allows storage of about 155,000 D-tubes in the 3 reefers, which provides sufficient space for storage of about 117 km long core.