The Snow Dragon 2 crossed the "roaring westerly belt" for the first time.
Xinhua News Agency, "Xuelong 2," November 8 (Reporter Liu Shiping) the "Xuelong 2" polar research icebreaker carrying members of China's 36th Antarctic Scientific Expedition lifted anchor at 11:00 Beijing time on the 8th. It will take about four days to cross the roaring westerly belt.
This is the first time that the Xue long 2 has crossed the westerly belt and is also the most severe test it has faced since it was launched.
The westerly belt in the southern hemisphere is between 40 and 60 degrees south. Under the control of strong westerly winds, this area with less land has larger ocean winds and waves and a higher risk coefficient for sailing, so it is known as the "roaring westerly belt".
Although Hobart Port is located in the westerly belt, but affected by the topography, the basic wind and waves in the port, ships will sail out into the wide ocean surface will usher in stronger wind and waves. "Snow Dragon 2" left the Australian port of Hobart on the 7th, because the surrounding surges are too big, chose to wait at the Anchorage, wait for the swell to reduce hours before leaving south.
Before crossing the westerly belt, the inspection team members carefully inspected, tied and strengthened the cargo, ship-borne helicopters and related facilities on board, and carried out life-saving exercises.
The Xue long 2, which participated in the 36th Antarctic Scientific Expedition in China, is the first time to participate in the Antarctic expedition, and this Antarctic scientific expedition is also the first time that China has carried out "double dragon exploration of the South Pole
"Xuelong 2" set sail from Shenzhen on October 15, and docked at the port of Hobart on November 4. During the port of arrival, fuel, fresh water, food and spare parts were supplied, and 33 expedition members were ushered on board. At present, there are 89 members of the 36th Antarctic Research team on board.
The "Snow Dragon" polar scientific research icebreaker set off from Shanghai on October 22 and docked at the port of Hobart on November 7 to "rendezvous" with the "Snow Dragon 2" for the first time. The Snow Dragon is scheduled to leave the dock on November 9 and carry 136 expedition members across the westerly belt to Zhongshan Station in Antarctica. At Zhongshan Station, "Ssangyong" will meet again.