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China starts building its first indigenous expedition icebreaker
   2017-01-09 20:53:49    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

The photo shows the design of China's first self-made icebreaker. [Photo: State Oceanic Administration]

The photo shows the design of China's first indigenous icebreaker. [Photo: State Oceanic Administration]

China's first domestic-built icebreaker for polar scientific expeditions is now under construction at the Jiangnan Shipyard Co. Ltd.

Once finished, the new icebreaker will be able to continuously break ice as thick as 1.5 meters, while sailing at a speed of two to three knots.

Compared to icebreaker Xuelong, which is currently in service, the new vessel can break ice both at the bow and the stern, said Wu Gang, a designer of the new icebreaker.

In addition, the new vessel will be better insulated and environmentally friendly than the Xuelong, added Wu. The ship will use lighter facilities, pollution-free paint and a full electrical propulsion system with fewer emissions.

Since the 1980s, China has launched 33 Antarctic expeditions and seven Arctic expeditions, in addition to establishing five stations at the two poles.

Xu Ning with China's State Oceanic Administration explained that the Xuelong cannot meet the increasing need for polar research at present, making the new vessel much needed.

The new icebreaker will be loaded with advanced ocean environment and physical geography probe equipment for scientific research.

The new vessel is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and start polar expeditions and supply transport missions together with the Xuelong.

 

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