NSYSU receives R/V New Ocean Researcher 3 from MOST! The vessel is 2.7 times heavier than its predecessor / watch video
A new, more powerful Ocean Researcher! The Ministry of Science and Technology commissioned the construction of 3 new research vessels to CSBC Corporation Taiwan to replace the old ones; two were already handed over – one of them is New Ocean Researcher No. 3 built for National Sun Yat-sen University. The vessel is scheduled to leave the port for research purposes for the first time after Chinese New Year. NSYSU Senior Vice President Yang-Yih Chen attended the handover ceremony; he said that NSYSU Ocean Researcher No. 3 has conducted underwater research for many years and gained a lot of experience already. In the future the two vessels will share the mission of Kuroshio Current research and marine ecology conservation.
Ocean Researcher No.3 has been part of Taiwan’s marine research fleet for 30 years already and collected large amounts of data on marine organisms, chemistry, ocean currents and hydrology. However, as the Researcher and functions of its equipment deteriorated with years, the Ministry of Science and Technology decided to construct new vessels. With its 45 m length and 11.2 m width, New Ocean Researcher No. 3 is slightly bigger than its predecessor, and has a tonnage 2.7 times heavier. The vessel can navigate for as long as 7-15 days. New Ocean Researcher No. 3 has five elements of state-of-the-art equipment worth 60 million NTD and sonar equipment synchronized with the vessel’s operation, thanks to which marine currents, seabed depth, its formation and geological structure and submarines can be precisely measured during navigation.
Senior Vice President of NSYSU Yang-Yih Chen said, that Ocean Researcher No.3 is highly maneuverable, which proved useful when the vessel assisted rescue activities as China Airlines Flight 611 plane crashed near Penghu Islands in 2002.
What is more, international cooperation in scientific research was strengthened with such countries as Russia, France and Sri Lanka. In the past 30 years, under the operation of NSYSU, the Researcher has completed many tasks during missions until its replacement today, and in the future it will focus on research on Kuroshio Current power generation and marine pollution and ecology.
CSBC Corporation Taiwan said that the new research vessels were to have a tonnage of 500 tons, but, if the vessels were too narrow, the crew would have to dodge pipelines when moving around in the cabin with the whole equipment installed. Thus, the body of the vessels was expanded and the tonnage of New Ocean Researcher No. 2 and No. 3 was increased to 800 tons.
The Ministry of Science and Technology commissioned the construction of New Ocean Researcher No. 3 for National Sun Yat-sen University. It’s 2.7 times heavier than its predecessor!
45 m long and 11.2 m wide, New Ocean Researcher No. 3 has 5 elements of state-of-the-art equipment worth 60 million NTD!
NSYSU Senior Vice President Yang-Yih Chen:
We achieved our missions with Ocean Researcher No. 3, so the Ministry of Science and Technology put trust in NSYSU and offered us a new research vessel. I think, that having such experience, NSYSU will succeed with this upcoming mission as well.
Tonnage increased to 800 tons!
NSYSU will continue conducting research on Kuroshio Current power generation and putting its efforts into marine conservation.