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China's deep-sea dive team to continue journey after typhoon

06-05-2012 23:25 BJT Special Report:Jiaolong’s Test Dive in Pacific Ocean |

ABOARD XIANGYANGHONG 09, June 5 (Xinhua) -- An oceanographic ship carrying the Jiaolong manned deep-sea submersible will continue its journey to the Mariana Trench at 6 a.m. Wednesday after typhoon Mawar fades.

The Xiangyanghong 09 anchored Sunday night to avoid a confrontation with the typhoon ahead of the Jiaolong's scheduled attempt at the world's first 7,000-meter dive below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The ship left the eastern port city of Jiangyin earlier Sunday and traveled about 155 nautical miles to an anchorage at the mouth of the Yangtze River near Shanghai, according to the ship's onboard headquarters.

Tropical storm Mawar battered the northern Philippines Saturday and is moving north. Meteorological experts said the Xiangyanghong 09 could risk running into the storm if it stuck with its original route.

With the fading of Mawar, the headquarters decided Tuesday to continue on its journey, planning to arrive at the designated dive area around June 11.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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