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Chinese icebreaker prepares for 6th voyage to the Arctic

Reporter: Shi Wenjing 丨 CCTV.com

07-11-2014 20:59 BJT

China’s icebreaking research vessel the Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, will soon set sail for another summer in the Arctic.

Ready for a sixth expedition to the North Pole, a total of 128 scientists and crew, including foreign experts, will take part in the 76-day trip. It will be a maiden voyage for Gong Jiahui, the only female officer on the ship.

Chinese icebreaker prepares for 6th voyage to the Arctic

Chinese icebreaker prepares for 6th voyage to the Arctic

“It’s my first time going to the North Pole. I’m very grateful that I can have this opportunity. My duty is mainly to be responsible for items such as the firefighting equipment, lifeboats, and various other emergency systems.” said Gong Jiahui, Third Officer, Snow Dragon.

Also on board will be 24-year-old Liu Lei, one of a few lucky students allowed to participate in the expedition.

“I’ve never traveled this far away in my life. I’m very excited for the trip. My tasks this time will be to attach GPS trackers to the floating icebergs and measure the depth of the icebergs to see how they relate to global warming." said Liu Lei, Student, Taiyuan Univ. of Tech.

Once they arrive in the Arctic, the team will setup eight short-term observation stations and one longer term post. It will be the largest number of structures built during one expedition.

The upcoming trip of this vessel will mostly focus on environmental research in the polar region and also providing data for global climate change. 

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