A research ship “BIOS dva” (BIOS two) was launched today at Special Vessels Shipyard Brodosplit in the City of Split. It is the first such ship built in Croatia for the needs of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, and it will be exploring the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas, e.g. the Mediterranean.
The honorary ship sponsor - Minister of Science, Education and Sports Dragan Primorac said on the occasion that the ship was named “BIOS dva” after the research ship “BIOS” purchased by the Split Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries in 1952, but since the latter’s equipment became out-of-date – a new, 22-million kuna worth ship was built.
The Ministry allocated 12 million kuna for this purpose, and the rest was provided by the Institute.
“The ship has three laboratories and it will be able to explore at a depth of up to 1,000 metres. Altogether 17 top scientists and six crew members will be working on it”, said Minister Primorac. He pointed out that the Croatian scientists had been working on foreign, mostly Italian and American ships. “Our researchers will from now on be doing research on our own ship”, the Minister said.
“This ship will represent a completely new stage of development of the Croatian science related to fisheries and oceanography”, Minister Primorac pointed out.
The ship is 36.60 metres long, which is optimal for doing research along the coast and in the open sea. It has up-to-date equipment which will enable Croatia to participate in any major research in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.