Taiwan launches its largest-ever research vessel

THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE | Taiwan named its new marine research vessel the New Ocean Researcher 1, built at a cost of approximately  $50 million. It is an ocean-class multi-functional ocean research vessel and Taiwan’s largest ocean research ship. The ship is the third new research vessel launched by Taiwan to undertake marine exploration and research, as well as teaching marine science. 


The two other research vessels, the 500-ton New Ocean Researcher 2 and the New Ocean Researcher 3 were delivered to the government in 2019. The chairman of Taiwan Shipping Company, where the ships were built, Zheng Wen-lung highlighted that most of Taiwan's shipbuilding ships are commercial container ships or bulk carriers. 


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