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Luxe research ship to explore the deep ocean

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Science  23 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6417, pp. 874-875
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6417.874

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A massive research ship due to launch in 2021 will provide free access to scientists studying solutions to ocean problems, such as pollution and overfishing. The 183-meter-long Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will have room for 60 researchers and much gear. It can deploy trawls for capturing marine life, remotely operated and autonomous vehicles, and a crewed submersible. The hope is that scheduling an expedition on the REV could be quicker and more flexible than on government research vessels, which are sometimes limited by range or budgets. The ship and its operations are being funded by a Norwegian billionaire who made his fortune in fishing, offshore oil, and other marine industries, so to assuage concerns about hidden agendas, it will be operated by a foundation that is setting up an independent scientific review for proposals.

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