The following article where information was supplied by our China correspondence was first published by Manifold Times on 10 December. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece:
The General Administration of Customs on 30 November noted of two Antarctic research vessels Xue Long [雪龙] and Xue Long 2 [雪龙 2号] undergoing bunkering operations at Shanghai Port before their departure to the China Polar Research Center.The bunkering operation was conducted by Sinopec.
Each vessel received 2,000 metric tonnes (mt) of low Sulphur Gas Oil (LSGO) 0.1%S and some diesel fuel in preparation for their journey to Australia, before finally sailing to Antarctica where they are expected to stay for a period of about four months.
Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Brian Saunders
Published: 10 December, 2021
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