A bag of mud sample collected by Chinese science research vessel Shiyan 6, September 6, 2021. / China Media Group

A bag of mud sample collected by Chinese science research vessel Shiyan 6, September 6, 2021. / China Media Group

A Chinese scientific research vessel Shiyan 6 (Experiment 6) began its maiden voyage on Monday morning from the Xinzhou wharf in Guangzhou, southern China’s Guangdong province, to an estuary of the Pearl River in the province. , then to the northern part of the South China Sea. carry out multidisciplinary scientific missions.

Chinese science research vessel Shiyan 6 collects samples at its first research site, September 6, 2021. / China Media Group

Chinese science research vessel Shiyan 6 collects samples at its first research site, September 6, 2021. / China Media Group

The ship arrived at the first search site at 7:10 p.m. Monday. He collected water and mud samples, which will be analyzed in a terrestrial laboratory.

The Shiyan 6, delivered by China State Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in December 2020, is the country’s first full-featured mid-size research vessel that focuses on geophysical exploration.

With a total investment of over 500 million yuan (about $ 77 million), the vessel is 90.6 meters long, 17 meters wide and 8 meters deep. It can carry a crew of 60 members for 60 days at sea with a cruising range of 12,000 nautical miles.

Chinese scientific research vessel Shiyan 6. / China Media Group

Chinese scientific research vessel Shiyan 6. / China Media Group

It is hailed as one of the main strength of China’s 3,000-ton ships for scientific research on the high seas.

The ship houses a laboratory area of ​​over 330 square meters and an auxiliary research area of ​​over 470 square meters. Its open operating deck area is over 600 square meters, capable of a 4,000 ton research vessel.

Led by Du Yan, deputy director of the Institute of South China Sea Oceanology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the 60-member team will study hydrological dynamics, material transport and ecological response processes. in the region of the great bay Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao and its surroundings. waters.

Du said that several state-of-the-art equipment will be used to conduct 11 scientific research tasks covering physical oceanography, marine geology and marine ecology, and obtain samples and data on water masses and sediments at different depths.