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Chinese research vessel departs for new ocean expedition

The Chinese research vessel Dayang Yihao (Ocean No.1) leaves Qingdao port of east China‘s Shandong Province Dec. 10, 2018, taking researchers on a 230-day scientific ocean expedition. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

QINGDAO, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Chinese research vessel Dayang Yihao (Ocean No.1) left the eastern city of Qingdao on Monday, taking researchers on a 230-day scientific ocean expedition.

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Within the first 150 days of the voyage, researchers will conduct surveys on resources, environment and biodiversity in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, according to China‘s ocean affairs administration.

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For the remaining 80 days, researchers will obtain samples and data in a seabed polymetallic sulphide ore in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean. China secured an approval from the International Seabed Authority in 2011 to explore a polymetallic sulphide ore deposit.

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Dayang Yihao is a 5,600-tonne vessel with equipment for geophysics, marine chemistry, and biological and acoustic research.

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During the entire mission, the ship is expected to sail more than 23,900 nautical miles and return to Qingdao in July 2019.  

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