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Spanish government signs off on new research ship

Das deutsche Forschungsschiff Polarstern in der zentralen Arktis, Aufnahme von der Sommer-Expedition 2015 The German research vessel Polarstern during an expedition into the central Arctic Ocean.

€70 million ship intended to conduct multidisciplinary research

The Spanish government has authorised the Spanish Institute of Oceanography to contract for a new €70 million research ship, as part of a plan to revive investment in and results from Spain’s R&D system.

The ship will enable the institute to expand its capacity for global multidisciplinary research, the government said on 15 December, adding that at present Spain has only one research ship with polar capacity.

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