The construction of China’s first domestic-built polar research vessel and icebreaker in Shanghai is expected to give a boost to the nation’s polar expedition efforts.
The vessel is scheduled to be completed in 2019, when it is expected to team-up with research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon). The vessel will be 122.5 meters long and 22.3 meters wide, with a displacement of 13,990 tonnes and a navigation capability of 20,000 nautical miles. It will be able to break through ice 1.5 meters thick at a maximum speed of 3 knots, according to the institute, which said the vessel can accommodate up to 90 people. According to the Polar Research Institute of China, it will be able to open ice on both its bow and stern, and is capable of sailing unrestricted in global navigating waters.
CAS news release, December 21, 2016