Posted December 07, 2015 19:57:30

The CSIRO’s $ 120 million flagship analysis vessel, RV Investigator, has not received any money to commit additional time at sea.

The funding arrangement from the Federal Government indicates the ship can only commit 180 days at sea, in spite of obtaining the capability to invest 300 days.

Millions of dollars had been set aside in today’s innovation announcement for Australia’s peak science body, the CSIRO. But the Investigator missed out.

University of Tasmania’s Polar Geodesy Professor Matt King said he was disappointed.

“That we have not observed a commitment to higher use of this vessel, of this really pricey vessel, it would be nice to see it out in the ocean collecting information sets,” Professor King mentioned.

“It’s a state of the art vessel, we’ve been genuinely blessed in Australia of getting a vessel that’s just come out of building.

“The scientists are actually itching to get it into the water and to be utilizing it as significantly as they can.”

The ABC understands none of the cash allocated can be re-directed to the Investigator by the CSIRO.

The Investigator is, at times, hired out to energy businesses to search for oil and gas.

The French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier was in Hobart right now inspecting the Aurora Australis.

He was asked if the funds ought to have been spent on the Investigator.

“I can not precisely comment on that since I am not an specialist,” he mentioned.

“But I consider it’s a good example of one thing that’s operating and could probably be operating more in the coming years.”

Tasmanian Senator Nick McKim mentioned the Innovation Statement released by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not make up for prior Federal budget cuts.

“This package goes nowhere near creating up for the massive cuts to science, to innovation to analysis and improvement and to higher education that the Liberals brought in,” he stated.

“We’ve nevertheless now got our magnificent new vessel, the Investigator, efficiently hired out to the mining sector to do mineral exploration which is not what is was created to do.

“That is an instance of how much the Liberals have cut out of science and innovation.”

Topics: marine-biology, federal-government, spending budget, study-organisations, hobart-7000, antarctica

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