CHINA China's Xuelong collides with iceberg in Antarctic research mission

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China's Xuelong collides with iceberg in Antarctic research mission

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21:47, January 21, 2019

China's Xuelong, polar icebreaker, collided with an iceberg on its 35th Antarctic research mission due to thick fog, said China's Ministry of Natural Resources Monday on its website.

Members of the research team use the helicopter to unload cargo at the roadstead off the Zhongshan station in Antarctica, Dec. 1, 2018. China's research icebreaker Xuelong arrived at the roadstead off the Zhongshan station in Antarctica on Saturday. Unloading work has been carried out. Xuelong carrying a research team set sail from Shanghai on Nov. 2, beginning the country's 35th Antarctic expedition. [Photo: Xinhua/Liu Shiping]

Members of the research team use the helicopter to unload cargo at the roadstead off the Zhongshan station in Antarctica, Dec. 1, 2018. (Photo: Xinhua)

The collision happened at around 11 a.m. (BJT), on January 19 at 69.59 degrees south latitude and 94.04 west longitude. The ship was traveling at a speed of three knots (5.56 km/h).

No staff aboard was injured during the collision. Xuelong research icebreaker is now under good conditions.

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