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Taiwan-made ocean research vessel launches

President Tsai attends christening ceremony of CSBC Corporation, Taiwan's third research ship

'New Ocean Researcher 1' (CSBC Corp, Taiwan photo)

'New Ocean Researcher 1' (CSBC Corp, Taiwan photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese shipbuilding company on Tuesday (July 21) delivered a vessel ordered by the government to mainly carry out ocean research missions.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) attended the christening ceremony for the newly built ship, the New Ocean Researcher 1, at CSBC Corporation, Taiwan's (台灣國際造船) shipyard in Keelung. She told those assembled that the vessel bears testimony to the nation's shipbuilding capabilities, according to a CSBC press release.

The boat will join two others of its kind that were delivered to the government last year. CSBC Chairman Cheng Wen-lung (鄭文隆) pointed out that the company's main business is the construction of container ships and bulk carriers.

The three research vessels ordered by the Ministry of Science and Technology mark the first time the company has ventured into these waters, Cheng went on to say, adding that the experience has driven the company's skills up a notch, paving the way for them to win international research vessel bids.

The New Ocean Researcher 1 weighs 2,200 tons and is 66 meters in length, 14.8 meters in width, and seven meters in depth. The electric-powered multi-functional craft, which can carry 19 crew members and 28 researchers, is currently the largest ocean research vessel in the country.