Chinese Research Vessel Completes Deep-Sea Research Mission In Waters Close To Oceania
China’s scientific research ship, the Tansuo 1, returned on Saturday to Sanya in south China’s Hainan Province on Saturday. It has completed its first-ever international manned deep-sea research mission in the waters near Oceania.
The vessel, loaded with the manned submersible Fendouzhe (Striver), embarked on its mission in 2022 (October). It sailed over 22,000 nm around Oceania and travelled for 157 days, per the Institute of Deep-sea Science and Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
About ten international and domestic organizations took part in this voyage. In the expedition, the Fendouzhe completed 63 dives; four exceeding a depth of 10,000 meters.
The specialized expedition team conducted the first-ever large-scale, systematic, international, and manned deep-diving survey in the Kermadec Trench area in the southwest Pacific Ocean.
The team further reached the bottom of two abysses — one of these was the Diamantina Trench of the southeastern Indian Ocean — to get samples of abyssal sediments, rocks, concretions, macro-organisms, and water.