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XMU builds 3,000-ton oceanic scientific research vessel

Updated: 2014-03-14
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XMU recently unveiled plans to build a 3,000-ton oceanic scientific research ship for scientific research, student training, social services, and cultural promotion in the 21st century. At present, the vessel is under construction on a joint design by Chinese and international experts.
 
The vessel will have an overall length of 77.7 meters and a waterline 75.20 meters. It has a molded breadth of 16.24 meters, a molded depth of 8 meters, a designed draft of 5 meters, a designed full-load displacement of 3,432 tons, a maximum speed of 14 knots (26 km/h) and a cruising radius of 10,000 nautical miles. With a crew of 54 (including 18 sailors and 36 scientists), the vessel will be capable of 50 days of self-supportability. It will also have a working deck of 432 square meters and a laboratory of 375 square meters. 
 
The vessel will be eco-friendly, versatile, clean and quiet and will incorporate many sophisticated technologies. It will be able to carry out multi-discipline investigation tasks and undertake research and teaching activities on oceanography in all unfrozen seas. It will be purely electricity-powered and easy to operate, with high precision of dynamic positioning when carrying out marine observations. Outfitted with high-performance acoustic equipment, it will be capable of conducting synchronous observations in real time on various aspects of hydrology, chemistry, geology and geophysics, atmosphere and other related inter disciplines and carrying out field scientific experiments and research; it will also support high-speed transmission of information over long distances.

Taking advantage of the establishment of the China-ASEAN Institute of Oceanography and capitalizing on the international influence of its marine disciplines, XMU will transform the vessel into a floating university on the sea which will promote research on global changes, education in marine science and technological exchanges in the ASEAN region, and into a “Confucius Institute” on the sea which will advance Chinese culture and facilitate global cultural communication. 
 
 
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XMren commented on 15 Mar 2014
Just don't go around the Daoyu islands for reaching the ocean. ^^