Chinese research vessel sets sail on new voyage

Chinese research vessel Zhang Jian set sail from South China’s Shenzhen Chiwan Wharf Saturday, after completing its deep sea exploration in South China Sea.

Its destination is the waters of the New Britain Trench, which is more than 8,000 meters deep in the Solomon Sea off Papua New Guinea.

Upon its arrival, the research team on board will work jointly with two mining companies in Papua New Guinea to conduct a joint scientific research.

Staff from the two countries will utilize the research equipment on the vessel to study the impact of mining activities on deep sea environment.

The vessel Zhang Jian will also cooperate with local tourism agencies to offer deep-sea exploration opportunities to diving fans.

The vessel will test its navigation abilities and equipment during its two-month voyage to the Southern Pacific.

The ship is 97 meters long and 17.8 meters wide. It has a designed displacement of around 4,800 tonnes and an endurance of 15,000 nautical miles. The ship is the first of its kind in China that is designed and built for deep-sea exploration.

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