China’s icebreaker Xuelong unloads supplies in Antarctica

China’s icebreaker Xuelong has neared the country’s Great Wall station in the Antarctic and started unloading supplies.

Every two years, the Xuelong visits the Great Wall station, China’s first Antarctic station on the continent, bringing supplies of fuel and food among others.

The supplies this time weigh some 600 tonnes and have to be carried by lighters sailing through the shallow waters near the station.

The discharge will take some three to four days and then the icebreaker will continue scientific expedition in waters around the Antarctic Peninsula before sailing to Chile’s Punta Arenas.

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