Taiwan Ocean Research Institute

The Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI; Chinese: 台灣海洋科技研究中心; pinyin: Táiwān Hǎiyáng Kējì Yánjiū Zhōngxīn) is the national marine science and technology institute of Taiwan. TORI is part of the National Applied Research Laboratories under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan).

Taiwan Ocean Research Institute
Research typeMarine sciences and marine engineering
AddressNo. 196, Henan 2nd Road, Cianjin, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


TORI was founded in 2008 to increase collaboration with international research institutes and build on Taiwan's legacy of oceanographic research.[1] TORI is participating in the development of the first domestic Taiwanese AUV.[2]

In 2018 the research vessel Legend conducted a number of meteorological and hydrological surveys in the South China Sea.[3]

In 2019 TORI organized the Underwater Technology 19 (UT19) conference in Kaohsiung, the conference was hosted by National Sun Yat-sen University.[4]


In 2018 CSBC Corporation, Taiwan held a steel cutting ceremony for the third of three new ocean research vessels for TORI. The vessels are intended to enhance Taiwan's whole-of-ocean observation capability. The three vessels, one 1000-ton and two 500-ton, are expected to be delivered in June 2019.[5]

Ocean Researcher I

794-tonne research vessel, operated by National Taiwan University.[6]

Ocean Researcher II

294-tonne research vessel, operated by National Taiwan Ocean University.[6]

Ocean Researcher III

295-tonne research vessel, operated by National Sun Yat-sen University.[6]

Ocean Researcher V

Ocean Researcher V was a 2,700 research vessel which sank off the Penghu Islands in 2014 during Typhoon Vongfong.

Legend (勵進號)

Legend is a 2,629-ton research vessel with a crew of 19 that can accommodate up to 24 researchers.[7][8] She was built in Vietnam by Singapore's Triyards Marine Services (TMS) at a cost of NTD870 million and features a hybrid-electric propulsion system.[9] The ship was officially starting service on May 23, 2018.


TORI operates an Iver2 AUV system acquired in 2010.[10]

See also


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  2. Chen Chih-chong and, Kuan-lin Liu. "Taiwan plans to launch its first indigenous AUV within 5 years". focustaiwan.tw. Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. Chia-nan, Lin. "Largest research vessel 'Legend' due back today". taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. "UT'19 Kaohsiung Local Organizing Committee". ut19.tori.org.tw. TORI. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. Morgan, Scott. "Taiwan's new ocean research fleet to be delivered in June 2019". taiwannews.com. Taiwan News. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. Chia-nan, Lin. "FEATURE: New marine era unfolds amid hopes, doubts". www.taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  7. Shih Hsiu-chuan and, Chu Tse-we. "Taiwan seeks international scientists for new research ship". focustaiwan.tw. The Central News Agency. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  8. ""LEGEND" Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI)". digital-can.com. DIGITAL-CAN TECH. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  9. Chia-nan, Lin. "New ocean research ship to begin work next year". taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  10. "Iver2 for Taiwan Ocean Research Institute". hydro-international.com. Geomares Publishing. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
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