BEIJING -- China's oceanographic research vessel,
Xiangyanghong 01, has returned to Qingdao, a coastal city in the eastern
province of Shandong, after completing the country's 10th Arctic
research expedition, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Carrying a team of scientists, the vessel spent 49 days at sea and
sailed more than 10,300 nautical miles, reaching 76.02 degrees north
It is the first time that the vessel has conducted research in Arctic waters.
The research team carried out a series of surveys, including
trawling, sampling and using the Chinese underwater glider Haiyan to
observe and monitor the Arctic environment.
They also conducted marine surveys in the eastern Bering Sea and the
northern Pacific Ocean, expanding China's exploration of the Arctic and
The vessel departed on Aug 10 and returned on Sept 27.