Iran is going to launch a research ocean-liner dubbed ‘Persian Gulf Explorer’ on Thursday, said Head of Iran’s National Institute of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences Naser Hajizadeh-Zaker.
"The ocean-liner will be launched on Thursday, February 2,” he said.
The Persian Gulf Explorer would be launched in Abbas Port, southern Iran, in presence of Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad Farhadi, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, Vice-President for Science Sorena Sattari and a number of other Iranian officials, he said.
The construction of the ocean-liner started in 2012.
The modern research ocean-liner is 50 meters long, 10 meters wide and 12 meters high.
It is going to stay in Persian Gulf, Oman Sea and northern Indian Ocean for 45 days for research purpose with sufficient fuel and 27 people onboard.
It is equipped with 4 laboratories and advanced facilities for marine and oceanic studies, the official added.
Iran’s marine research capabilities would dramatically increase in the region and the world as soon as the ocean-liner starts its mission, he said.