China's first homemade polar icebreaker delivered

Added On July 13, 2019


According to China's Ministry of Natural Resources, the country's first domestically built polar icebreaker "Xuelong 2," or "Snow Dragon 2," has been delivered in Shanghai.

China Report has the details.

On its maiden voyage later this year, the vessel will sail for Antarctica together with "Xuelong," the only Chinese icebreaker in service, in the country's 36th research mission in the region.

The vessel was built by Jiangnan Shipyard Group and co-designed by China's State Shipbuilding Corporation and Finland's Aker Arctic Technology.

The vessel is 122.5 meters long and 22.3 meters wide, with a displacement of 13,996 tonnes and a navigation capability of 20,000 nautical miles.

Expert said "Xuelong 2" is able to turn quickly, and has two-direction icebreaking capabilities with both its bow and stern.

It can sail on 60-day expeditions to all regions on the globe.

Construction of the vessel started in December 2016.