Chinas Snow Dragon Vessel Collision with Iceberg in Antarctica Current Safety of Man and Ship

 Chinas Snow Dragon Vessel Collision with Iceberg in Antarctica Current Safety of Man and Ship

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Reporters learned from the Ministry of Natural Resources that during the 35th Antarctic expedition of China, Xuelong collided with icebergs at 69 59.9, 94 04.2, West longitude, and collided at 3 knots (about 5.56km/h) per hour at 10.47 a.m. on January 19, Beijing time in the dense ice area of the Amundsen Sea. The mast and some bulkheads were damaged. Personnel injured, ballast tank, oil tank, main engine and other marine power equipment, communication and navigation equipment are in normal operation.

After the occurrence of the situation, the Ministry of Natural Resources attaches great importance to immediate research, deployment and response work, putting the safety of personnel first, timely monitoring of ship safety status, meticulous organization of repair of damaged parts, and formulating follow-up scientific examination operation plan on the premise of ensuring safety.

At present, the Xuelong ship is in normal operation.

Introduction of the Xuelong Polar Exploration Vessel:

Xue Long, the third generation polar icebreaker and scientific research vessel of China, is a Vitas Bering icebreaker built by the Ukrainian Hurson Shipyard on March 25, 1993. After importing from Ukraine in 1993, China was transformed to meet Chinas needs.

The Xuelong is the largest polar expedition vessel in China and the only vessel that can break the ice in the polar region. The Xuelong boat is cold-resistant and can continuously break through the ice layer 1.2 meters thick (including 0.2 meters of snow) at a speed of 1.5 knots.

In October 1994, for the first time, Antarctic scientific research and material supply transportation were carried out. Xuelong has been to the Antarctic 31 times, and to July 2014, 6 times to the Arctic to carry out scientific expeditions and supply transportation missions. Its footprints are all over the five oceans, setting a number of new records in Chinas navigation history.

On March 11, 2018, Chinas 34th Antarctic Scientific Expedition Team, which is conducting a comprehensive marine survey mission in the Amundsen Sea and its adjacent waters of Antarctica, took the Xuelong Polar Expedition Vessel to penetrate into the central waters of the westerly zone and cyclone-affected areas, and obtained the full-depth cross-sectional observation data of the core area of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.

On November 29, 2018, at 1309 hours (Beijing time), the Xuelong entered the Antarctic Circle at a speed of 13.4 knots (1.852 kilometers per hour) and crossed Vietnams latitude of 66 degrees and 33 minutes.

Source: Ji Xueying_NN6784, responsible editor of CCTV News Mobile Network