The Snow Dragon 2 sailed in the floating ice zone of the Southern Ocean for the first time
Xinhua News Agency, "Xuelong 2", 15 Nov (Reporter Liu Shiping) the "Xuelong 2" polar research icebreaker on the 36th Chinese Antarctic Research team sailed into the floating ice zone of the Southern Ocean from latitude 60 degrees 59 minutes south and longitude 112 degrees 21 minutes east in the early morning of the 15th.
This is the first time the Snow Dragon 2 has sailed in the ice floe. At about 4: 00 in the morning, looking out of the reporter's room, floating ice spread all over the sea, during which icebergs stood, but the gloomy weather reflected the gray sea surface, slightly diminishing the beauty of icebergs and floating ice.
Looking from the bridge of the Snow Dragon 2, the ice floes and icebergs appeared on a larger scale, and the captain, duty pilots and sailors have stepped up their watch and carefully piloted the Chinese-made icebreaker, which made its maiden voyage to Antarctica. From time to time, the Xuelong 2 avoided a large area of floating ice and marched along the gap between the floating ice, and from time to time came the sound of crushing the floating ice from the bottom of the ship.
Zhang Xude, chief officer of the Xuelong 2, who is on duty, said the Xuelong 2 entered the ice floe from 03:20 in the morning and is now moving normally along its edge. Before entering the ice area, the expedition put forward relevant requirements for duty driving, deck operation and so on.
The Snow Dragon 2 sailed out of the westerly belt into the Antarctic on November 11 and is expected to arrive at the ice floe near Prydz Bay on November 19. From the ice map of the current route, it is expected that during this voyage, the Xuelong 2 will alternate between the floating ice area and the ice-free water surface.