New research vessel sets sail
A new research vessel, featuring military and civilian integration, set sail on Wednesday from Shandong province. The vessel,
(Sea Dream), departed from Weihai city for its first trip to the South China Sea. Maritime resource research, ocean environment observation and oil and gas exploration will be among its major tasks. Initiated by two military universities, the 35.8-meter-long and 14.6-meter-wide vessel was designed by the Weihai Blue Ocean Research Center Ltd, a company co-invested by the Nanhai New Area in Weihai and private investors. The total cost of the vessel reached 50 million yuan ($8 million).