New Chinese Research Vessel Launch | POGO

New Chinese Research Vessel Launch

The latest addition to the Chinese research vessel fleet, Kexue (meaning "Science") cost about 550 million renminbi (US$86 million), and will be able to carry 80 people at a top speed of 15 knots on voyages of 28,000 kilometres, lasting up to 60 days. The CAS Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, Shandong province, a POGO member, was in charge of Kexue’s design and operation. Director Sun Song commented that "It is modelled on the United Kingdom’s RRS James Cook and Norway’s G.O. Sars" and “It is on a par with these top research vessels". See Nature article published on 6 Dec.

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