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European Union Research Vessels

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Abstract:

Ships are major capital consuming facilities and therefore cost intensive. They should be used as efficiently as possible. One of the goals of the European Union (EU) is to encourage transnational use of public or private facilities which address critical needs in order to further improve their exploitation while avoiding unnecessary duplication and to cover emerging priority needs.

To support this aim and to prepare the basis for future European steps, a survey of the existing fleet of multi-role research ships in Europe was undertaken and future scientific requirements for research vessels were assessed.

New projects such as new vessels have to be seen in a European context. Existing arrangements, such as the Tripartite-Agreement, which allows the exchange of ship time by a barter system, will have to be applied and extended. Such agreements will help to improve collaboration, which should of course not be restricted to Europe. Marine research addresses world-wide knowledge, concerns and projects. Transparency in the field of the technology available will also support global cooperation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-09-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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