Taiwan launches new research vessel

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Taiwan launches new research vessel

Kaohsiung, May 23 (CNA) The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) held a launch ceremony for a new research vessel on Wednesday at the Banana Pier in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung, the first of several new ships that will make up Taiwan's new marine research fleet.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said the "Legend," a new research vessel built by a Singaporean company, will embark on its maiden voyage in September after a nearly four-month period of trial runs.

The 2,629-ton ship, which took two years to build, features state-of-the-art research and safety equipment, including an electric propulsion system for research at sea, a remotely operated underwater vehicle that can reach depths of 3,000 meters, comprehensive core sampling equipment, and a high precision, all-depth surveying sonar system, Chen noted.

The minister said the Legend, two 500-ton ships being built in Taiwan and another 3,000-ton vessel to be acquired in the future, will elevate Taiwan's marine technology and utilize new technology to identify marine resources and protect the marine ecosystem.

Chen said he hopes the Legend will make new discoveries every voyage.

The Legend, which is 75.97 meters long, 16 meters wide and has a maximum speed of 12 knots, will be under the management of the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute, and be able to conduct marine research at sea for about 250 days a year.

The ship can carry up to 43 people and function for up to 30 days at sea per voyage.

(By Wang Shwu-fen and Kuan-lin Liu)

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