China's Home-Built Icebreaker Named Xuelong2

Added On October 12, 2017

China's first domestically built polar research vessel and icebreaker has been named Xuelong 2.


A press conference held in east China's Shanghai Municipality on Tuesday said that China's future icebreakers will also be named after Xuelong.


Construction of the vessel started in December 2016 and it is expected to be put into use in 2019.


The vessel will be 122.5 meters long and 22.3 meters wide, with a displacement of 13,990 tonnes and a navigation capability of 20,000 nautical miles. 


Jointly designed by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Finland-based Aker Arctic Technology, it is being built by Jiangnan Shipyard.


Xuelong literally means Snow Dragon in Chinese language. The current Xuelong is China's only polar icebreaker in service and was purchased from a Ukrainian company in 1993.