First Chinese-built icebreaker returns from long Antarctic voyage

Li Qian
Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, set sail from its home port in Shanghai on November 10, 2020, and returned today after sailing more than 36,000 nautical miles.
Li Qian
Provided by Polar Research Institute of China. Edited by Hu Jun.
First Chinese-built icebreaker returns from long Antarctic voyage
Ti Gong

Xuelong 2 returns to Shanghai today.

First Chinese-built icebreaker returns from long Antarctic voyage
Ti Gong

Xuelong 2, China's first domestically built polar icebreaker.

Xuelong 2, China's first domestically built polar icebreaker, has returned to Shanghai after finishing the country’s 37th and the ship’s first independent Antarctic expedition.

Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, set sail from its home port in Shanghai on November 10, 2020, and returned today after sailing more than 36,000 nautical miles. None of the staff was infected with COVID-19 during the 179-day voyage.

The ship made stops at China's Zhongshan Station and Great Wall Station in the Antarctic to deliver supplies and rotate staff.

Scientists conducted research on the Antarctic Ocean ecosystem and marine environment, and retrieved the westerlies environmental monitoring buoy. They also carried out rescue operations to save international researchers and formed international cooperation agreements.

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