The T/S Oshoro-Maru IV (1792 tons) was constructed in 1983. It is equipped with new instruments, facilities, and sampling apparatus for oceanographic and fishery surveys. Many scientists and students join the research cruises each year, and they have collected valuable data and samples on the biology of the marine environment.
IPY 2007-2008 research cruises
For this project, T/S Oshoro-Maru research cruises will be conducted during July and August in 2007 and 2008 and will focus on the marine environment, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, and fish ecology.