First domestically built icebreaker launched in Shanghai

By WANG YING in Shanghai | | Updated: 2018-09-10 17:04
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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/]

At around 3:30 pm Monday, China's first home-grown icebreaker was launched from a shipyard in Shanghai, a further step toward its first scientific expedition to Antarctica next year.

The vessel – 122.5 meters in length and 22.3 meters in width – was officially named on Monday Xuelong 2, literally translated as Snow Dragon 2.

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