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Institute of Oceanology,CAS

Contact: Jiang Qiufu

Phone: +86 532-87072010

Email: jiangqiufu@qdio.ac.cn

Multi-Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (MORV)

      The Research Vessel KEXUE is one of the national major science and technology infrastructures to undertake multi-disciplinary deep ocean research. The ship was designed by Marine Design & Research Institute of China, and built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. She was delivered in 2012, passed National Acceptance in 2015 and is operated by the Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
      RV KEXUE is the synchronous response of the increasingly strong demand for maritime strategy and rapid development of international marine science. The length of RV KEXUE is 99.8m with a breadth of 17.8m and a depth of 8.9m. The ship has a gross tonnage of 4711 and a range of 15,000 nautical miles. Accommodation aboard the vessel has 80 berths, which includes scientific berths, the permanent crew complement and technicians. The ship is driven by advanced podded electric propulsion system and two sets of bow thrusters. One-man-bridge operation provides almost 360º view over the entire vessel and surroundings. The engine control room is unmanned, and dynamic positioning system keeps the vessel within specified position and heading limits. RV KEXUE integrates multi-disciplinary, multi-function and multi-technology tools together and equipped with a wealth of dynamic, geological and ecological instrument and equipment for comprehensive marine environment observation, detection, and in situ fidelity sampling and analysis. Its detection range covers 99.2% of the world’s seas.

Equipment Data Resource

  • RV KEXUE Operation&Management Platform

          The RV KEXUEOperation&Management Online Website is an information system that could provide user services including ship time requests, post cruise assessment, metadata query, research results uploading and historicalcruise records, etc.

  • RV KEXUE Propaganda Platform

          The website is an official propaganda platform for the National Science and Technology Infrastructure RV KEXUE. It introduces the comprehensive detection capabilities, voyages, achievements and users of RV KEXUE, and reports her work in real-time. At the same time, the dynamics of other research vessels at home and abroad together with the general knowledge of marine exploration are also delivered in order to strengthen information exchanges and improve the effectiveness of operations management.


          The website of COMS-CAS is an important publicity platform to publish the center information such as construction progress, scientific research achievements.