First domestically built icebreaker launched in Shanghai

By WANG YING in Shanghai | | Updated: 2018-09-10 17:04
China launches its first domestically built research icebreaker, Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, at a shipyard on Changxing Island, Shanghai on Sept 10, 2018. [Photo by He Qi/]

Zhang expected Snow Dragon 2 to be delivered in the first half of 2019, which means it can join the nation's sole existing icebreaker Xuelong to conduct scientific research missions in polar areas.

Compared with the nation's sole icebreaker Xuelong, the new vessel will have a much improved performance, such as the ability to break ice with both its bow and stern in an environment with 1.5-meter-thick ice together with 0.2-meter-thick snow, and it is capable of carrying out scientific exploration that ranges up in the sea surface to down to the sea bottom, Zhang said.

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