By: Lee Hsin-Yin
The "New R/V Ocean Researcher 1" is the third and largest vessel in a fleet of three commissioned by the government and built by CSBC Corp., Taiwan at a cost of NT$1.6 billion (US$52 million).
The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) took delivery Tuesday of the 2,155-ton New R/V OR1, which can carry 47 people.
It will be handed over to National Taiwan University (NTU) to replace the R/V OR1, which was launched in 1985, and it will be used for advanced academic projects and national ocean research programs, NTU said. [FULL STORY]