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China to launch new ice breaker for 2013 polar expedition.

Beijing, June 22 (ANI): China will launch a new icebreaker during the upcoming 2013 polar expedition, a senior Chinese oceanic official said.

"China will have at least two icebreakers concurrently operating at both the north and south poles," Xinhua quoted Chen Lianzeng, Deputy Director of the State Oceanic Administration, as saying.

Both the new icebreaker and Xuelong ("Snow Dragon"), an icebreaker that operated in Antarctica, will form an Arctic-Antarctic maritime research team.

Lianzeng said the new icebreaker will boast facilities that will allow it to research the oceanic environment, integrate data for real-time oceanic monitoring, deploy and retrieve detectors and conduct aerial studies using helicopters.

The two icebreakers will conduct expeditions in polar regions for more than 200 days annually, he added.

Fixed-wing aircraft will also be added to the expedition team before 2015, allowing researchers to be transported between China's Zhongshan and Kunlun research stations and Antarctica's Grove Mountains.

Besides the Xuelong icebreaker, China has built three Antarctic stations -Changcheng (Great Wall), Zhongshan and Kunlun and one Arctic station -Huanghe (Yellow River) Station. (ANI)

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Date:Jun 22, 2011
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