The Chinese research vessel Haiyang Liuhao, also known as Ocean No. 6, set sail on Friday to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica.
The ship departed from a port in the south Chinese city of Guangzhou, and is expected to return in mid-April 2017, with a whole sailing distance of 60,000 kilometers.
The expedition has three tasks. It will serve as a marine resource and carry out environment evaluation in the West Pacific according to a contract with the International Seabed Authority.
It will also perform distribution and comparative research on deep-sea resources in the East Pacific, and carry out comprehensive geological, geophysical and maritime research in and around the Antarctic Peninsula.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): HE GAOWEN, Chief scientist of Haiyang Liuhao
“We will start research on new resources in South Pacific for the first time. It will be of strategic importance for China’s international seabed resource exploitation.”
Haiyang Liuhao is another research vessel that is able to carry out scientific research on polar areas besides Xuelong.