Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Technical Review
    Vol. 53 No. 4 (2016)   New Products & Technologies
    Technical Papers

    Working on Technological Development of Special Vessels
    -Special Vessel Building Achievements and Construction of Research Vessel Kaimei-

    Yuta Sudo,
    Youki Uemura,
    Kuniaki Yamato

    In Japan, which is surrounded by the sea in all directions, the continuous execution of comprehensive oceanographic investigation and research of coastal and inshore water areas and also utilization of marine resources reserved in the ocean, such as minerals and energy sources, are considered important issues. In addition, it is important for Japan to maintain international contributions to research and studies for unraveling the mechanisms of the global ocean environment and climatic change and for exploring the origins of the earth and organisms. With such a background, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has been continuously building many special vessels including training ships and cable laying ships in addition to research vessels and investigation ships, and have advanced technical capabilities with regard to special vessels. This paper summarizes the technical requirements for special vessels, our achievements, and the outline of the research vessel Kaimei, which was completed in March 2016.