Building of new generation research ship kicks off in Keelung

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Generic photo of a research ship (Image taken from Pixabay)

Generic photo of a research ship (Image taken from Pixabay)

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) CSBC Corporation, Taiwan held a steel-cutting ceremony to start the building of a 1,000-ton "new generation" ocean research ship "New Ocean Researcher 1" in Keelung Thursday.

The research vessel is one of three commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to beef up studies of water resources around Taiwan at a total cost of NT$1.6 billion (US$53.33 million), according to a MOST statement.

Both CSBC and MOST issued press releases that stressed the three research ships were designed to improve safety, after Taiwan's RV Ocean Researcher, a 2,700-ton vessel, hit rocks and sank off Penghu on Oct. 10, 2014.

The construction of two 500-ton research vessels started in January. All three are being built in accordance with the International Safety Management Code, the MOST statement said.

Wu Chun-chieh (吳俊傑), director of MOST's Department of Natural Sciences and Sustainable Development who officiated at the ceremony, said the new ship, which is scheduled to be delivered in June, 2019, will be equipped with an advanced global positioning system enabling researchers to more efficiently measure seabeds and take samples for further study.

The new research fleet, once launched, will join the Vietnam-built, 2,629-ton "Legend," which went into service in May, and will enhance Taiwan's ability to search for natural resources, MOST said.

The work of the fleet will also assist national land planning, the conducting of natural disaster surveys and academic research, it added.

Also officiating at the ceremony was Wei Cheng-tzu (魏正賜), executive vice president of CSBC, which has been Taiwan's leading shipbuilding company for 81 years.

(By Pan Chih-yi, Chu Tse-wei and S.C. Chang)

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