Ice­breaker heads to Antarc­tica

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

China’s po­lar re­search ship Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, will ar­rive in eastern Antarc­tica on Friday on its lat­est mis­sion to the re­gion. China has built three Antarc­tic re­search sta­tions — Great Wall, Zhong­shan and Kun­lun — but XueLong is the only ice­break­ing ship in ser­vice. Built in Ukraine in 1993, the ship was con­verted from an Arc­tic cargo ship to a po­lar re­search and re­sup­ply ves­sel by China. Plans are un­der­way to build another po­lar ship by 2018.

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