The ship was developed by the Southern Laboratory of Marine Science and Engineering in Zhuhai, Guangdong. It is the world’s first scientific research vessel capable of remote control and autonomous navigation in open seas. It will provide an unprecedented tool for China to conduct marine scientific research and promote development Marine economicsaccording to China Central Television.
The equipment on board is highly localized, core elements such as propulsion system, propulsion system, operating support system are all independently developed by Chinese scientists.
The ship has a length of 88.5 meters, a width of 14.0 meters, a depth of 6.1 meters, a design displacement of about 2,000 tons, a maximum speed of 18 knots, an economic speed of 13 knots.
With its spacious deck, the ship can carry dozens of different observation devices. The ship started construction on July 20, 2021 and is expected to be put into use from the end of this year.
Chinese officials said that in the future, the application of the ship will have great significance for changing the traditional way of observing the ocean, obtaining real-time three-dimensional ocean observation data. , improve the efficiency and level of ocean observation, and at the same time contribute to the training and promotion of marine science and technology talent, and further improve the ability to innovate marine science and technology.