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China to build new polar icebreaker

(People's Daily Overseas Edition)

14:08, September 19, 2011

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

China will build a new polar icebreaker with a displacement of 8,000 tons and endurance of 20,000 nautical miles during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, an oceanic official said.

The new icebreaker, capable of breaking ice more than 1.5 meters thick, can operate in temperatures below -35 centigrade degrees, said Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration at a meeting on oceanic technology.

Equipped with helicopters, robots, workboats and other facilities, the ship is designed to conduct ice operation, examine marine environment as well as explore and investigate resources in the polar region.


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