FEBRUARY 12, 2016 — IJmuiden, Netherlands, based OSD (Offshore Ship Designers) has signed a contract for an IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI).
The vessel will be built by Triyards Shipyard in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is scheduled for delivery in August 2017.
It will be used to support long-term oceanographic observation program activities, including the operation of unmanned ROVs, terrain survey and mapping, seismic pattern detection, long-core sampling, compiling diagrams of topology and stratum, and performance of real-time data processing and sampling in its onboard laboratory facilities.
The IMT2001 will be fitted with two '"A" frames, two deck cranes, an ROV launch and a recovery "A" frame with umbilical winch, streamer winch and gun array and an MEBO200 seabed drilling rig which can conduct core drilling down to 200 m below the sea floor and can be fitted with a range of different deck equipment spreads.
The 76 m x 16 m vessel will have accommodations for 43 persons (crew and scientists) and will be classed with Taiwanese Classification Society (CR) for worldwide operation. It will be equipped with diesel-electric power generation, two main azimuth propulsion thrusters and two bow tunnel thrusters with the dynamic position notation DP-1