Want China Times
Nearly one year after the Ocean Research V sunk in waters off
southwestern Taiwan, the National Applied Research Laboratories said Friday that a new research ship is expected to be ready no later than the spring of 2017.
According to Wang Jough-tai, vice president of the NARabs, the institution expects to purchase a 2,000-ton research ship, and a tender for the new ship was opened in September, with the result expected to be announced at the end of November.
In response to doubts over the competence of the sunken ship’s crew, which was contracted out and working on a three-month rotation when the accident happened, Wang said the NARabs will recruit its own new crew, and the new staff is expected to welcome the new ship in March 2017. [FULL STORY]