Na­tion to be­gin build­ing two new ships for 2019 Ves­sels will im­prove ca­pa­bil­i­ties in gath­er­ing deep-sea in­for­ma­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will soon be­gin build­ing its first marine re­sources sur­vey ship and its first mother ship for manned sub­mersibles, ac­cord­ing to the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Hu Xue­dong, deputy direc­tor of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Deep Sea Depart­ment who over­sees China’s ocean ex­plo­ration pro­grams, said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day that the con­struc­tion work on the two ves­sels will start be­fore July.

The sur­vey ship will be built at China State Ship­build­ing Corp’s Huangpu Wen­chong Ship­build­ing Co in Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince. The mother ship for manned sub­mersibles will be made at China Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Corp’s Wuchang Ship­build­ing In­dus­try Group in­Wuhan, Hubei prov­ince.

“The two ships will have world-class tech­no­log­i­cal and op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity. They will be able to travel at least 6,000 nau­ti­cal miles on each jour­ney,” Hu said. “Their ser­vice will ex­ten­sively im­prove our ca­pa­bil­i­ties in ocean sur­vey­ing, deep-sea sci­ence and marine en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.”

The ships, which have yet to be named, will be com­mis­sioned in the first half of 2019, he said.

Cur­rently, China Marine Re­search Ves­sels op­er­ates 17 long-range oceano­graphic re­search ships and 15 coastal wa­ter sur­vey ships.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the marine re­sources sur­vey ship will be 98 me­ters long and 17 me­ters wide, and will have a dis­place­ment of 4,000 met­ric tons. It will have an ad­vanced elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem.

The ves­sel will carry more than 70 kinds of sci­en­tific re­search equip­ment and will be ca­pa­ble of con­duct­ing highly ac­cu­rate long-term sur­veys in a wide range of fields such as marine ge­ol­ogy, marine ecol­ogy an­do­cean-at­mo­spheresys­tems.

The mother ship, which will serve China’s manned sub­mersible Jiao­long, will also have a dis­place­ment of around 4,000 tons. It will sup­port Jiao­long’s op­er­a­tions and han­dle and an­a­lyze sam­ples taken by the sub­mersible, ac­cord­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Named af­ter a myth­i­cal dragon, Jiao­long is China’s first manned deep-sea re­search sub­mersible. It reached its deep­est depth — 7,062 me­ters— in theMar­i­ana Trench in June 2012. Cur­rently, the Jiao­long is based on the Xiangyanghong 09, a sur­vey ves­sel that has been in ser­vice since 1978. The newves­sel will be the first ded­i­cated mother ship for the sub­mersible.

Hu said the mother ship will also as­sist the na­tion’s ef­fort to buil­damanned­deep-seast­a­tion that the gov­ern­ment plans to put into op­er­a­tion around 2030.

Cui Yil­iang, edi­tor-in-chief of in­dus­try magazine Mod­ern Ships, said the two ships will be so­phis­ti­cated in terms of tech­nol­ogy and struc­ture, so their con­struc­tion will be a chal­lenge to ship­builders. to

HAN DONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Peo­ple pay trib­ute to vic­tims of a mas­sacre in Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day. The event was held to mark the 89th an­niver­sary of the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred on May 3, 1928. Around 10,000 Chinese sol­diers and civil­ians were killed by Ja­panese troops un­der the pre­text of pro­tect­ing its cit­i­zens in the area.

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