South Korea’s Milestone In Marine Research: The Tamhae 3


South Korea celebrated a significant advancement in marine research with the commissioning of its first domestically built geophysical exploration research vessel, Tamhae 3. This vessel, owned by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) and constructed by HJ Shipbuilding & Construction (HJSC), represents a leap forward in the country’s geophysical exploration capabilities.

Advanced Research Capabilities

Tamhae 3, costing KRW 181 billion (US$132 million), is equipped with 35 types of advanced research equipment. It features an ice-class hull, dynamic positioning system, noise control mechanisms, and an auto-navigation system, enabling it to perform extensive geophysical research in various marine environments, including polar regions and continental shelves.

Enhanced Operational Range and Capacity

The 92-meter, 6,000 metric-ton vessel can travel up to 36,000 kilometres at 15 knots (28 km/h) and accommodate 50 crew members. It can deploy up to eight seismic streamers, each up to 6 kilometres long, and boasts high-resolution 4D monitoring capabilities, significantly enhancing South Korea’s ability to analyze marine energy resources and conduct fault inspections.

National Strategic Importance

During the commissioning ceremony, Vice Minister Namho Choe emphasized Tamhae 3’s role in bolstering resource security, public safety, and efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. The vessel’s advanced capabilities promise to elevate South Korea’s participation in global scientific exploration and contribute substantially to national objectives.

The commissioning of Tamhae 3 marks a pivotal moment in South Korea’s maritime research, offering promising advancements in geophysical exploration and strengthening the country’s involvement in global scientific endeavours.

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Source: Marine Insight