News - Secretary of State Sleurs Increases Budget for RV Belgica

The research vessel RV Belgica (photo: RBINS)
26/06/2015
News - Secretary of State Sleurs Increases Budget for RV Belgica
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Sigrid Maebe

Secretary of State for Science Policy, Elke Sleurs, has increased the maintenance budget for the oceanographic research vessel, RV Belgica. She has provided € 1,019,000 on top of the existing, recurrent annual increase (€ 550,000) in the RV Belgica's operating budget. This is a clear signal of just how important this research vessel is!

We can now continue to operate safely for the next 3 to 4 years, but the vessel's replacement is still a matter of urgency given that it will take more than 3 years to arrange for a new ship once the decision has been made!

Information on Elke Sleurs' decision.

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