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XUE LONG research and icebreaker

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XUE LONG research and icebreaker

Postby aukepalmhof » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:53 pm

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Built under yard No 6003 as the SNOW DRAGON by the Kherson Shipyard – Kherson, Ukraine
Renamed XUE LONG (Snow Dragon) – 1995
Keel Laid: 1990-01-01. Delivery: 1993-03-01
Owner: Polar Research Institute of China

Name of Ship: XUE LONG
Class No.: 93S1010
IMO No.: 8877899
Type of Ship: Research/Supply Ship/Ice Breaker
Call Sign: BNSK
Flag: China
Port of Registration: Shanghai
Class Status: Classed
Service Status: In service

Ship General Information:
Principal Particulars
Length(LOA): 167.00; Length(LBP): 147.20; Moulded Breadth: 22.60; Moulded Depth:
13.50; Draft: 8.00
GRT: 15352
Net Tonnage: 4605
DWT: 8759

The XUE LONG was built originally as a cargo ship for the polar region and
became the only research ice-breaker in China after elementary modifications in
1994. The vessel is the main Chinese Antarctic support vessel. It is based at
Shanghai and provides icebreaking capabilities to the Chinese when re-supplying
their two main Antarctic bases. It is currently the biggest vessel regularly
engaged in Antarctic work.

In addition to a helicopter, the ship also carries an Arctic class ARV
autonomous underwater vehicle on regular base. The ship undertook a second
Arctic expedition from July 15, 2003 to September 26, 2003. More recently the
ship had been used in connection with China's efforts to maintain a scientific
presence in the Antarctic.

2019 In service.

Sources: Various Internet sites; Equasis; Lloyd's Register 2001 – 2002
New Zealand private mail.

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