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Dong Fang Hong 3
(DFH-3) deep sea science research ship

The “Dongfanghong 3” ship is a new 5,000-ton class deep-sea comprehensive scientific research internship ship built by the Ministry of Education in 2013. The construction contract was signed on November 10, 2015, in Jiangnan Shipbuilding, China Shipbuilding No. 708 Research Institute, and third party. The technical support units, China Classification Society and China Ocean University have cooperated with each other to overcome difficulties and promote production design work in an orderly and orderly manner. On October 20, 2016, the experts of continuous production technology status were evaluated.

the ship is a key construction project of the Ministry of Education and China Ocean University. It is designed in detail by the 7th and 8th, and the Jiangnan Shipbuilding is designed and built for production. As a new deep-sea comprehensive scientific research internship ship integrating deep-sea ocean scientific research team construction, high-end talent training, deep-sea ocean science basic research and high-tech R&D and application, at the beginning of the project, China Ocean University proposed to radiate underwater in ships. The control of noise, ship vibration and noise, electromagnetic compatibility and other indicators have reached the highest standards of international scientific research vessels, in order to establish the international discourse power of China's marine scientific research data, and establish a high-level and high-quality development of China's scientific research career.

Around this goal, Jiangnan Shipbuilding has worked closely with China Ocean University, 708 Research Institute, 711 Research Institute, Plant, CCS Classification Society, DNV-GL Classification Society Acoustics Department, Shanghai Jiaotong University and other parties to break the ship design. And the customary process of the construction industry, the construction mode of "shipowner / design institute / shipyard / shipowner" was converted into "shipowner + design institute + shipyard + classification society + third-party technical support unit, etc."

On October 25, 2016, the launching ceremony of the “Dongfanghong 3” ship production was held at the cutting workshop of the manufacturing department of Jiangnan Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. On January 16, 2018, Ocean University of China’s (OUC) new deep-sea research vessel (H2623) was launched and named at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai.

In attendance were Prof. Ju Chuanjin, Chairman of OUC’s university council and Prof. Yan Ju, Vice President of OUC, along with leaders from the Ministry of Education, the Jiangnan Shipyard Group, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Oceanic Administration, the Ministry of Finance, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the China Classification Society. Mr. Hu Keyi, chief designer at Jiangnan Shipyard, hosted the ceremony, which began at 11 o’clock to the powerful rhythm of the national anthem. President Lin Ou of the Jiangnan Shipyard Group and Chairman Ju Chuanjin delivered speeches on behalf of the shipbuilder and the commissioner respectively, expressing good wishes and keen expectations for the future of the vessel. Prof. Yan Ju officially announced the name of the vessel— Dong Fang Hong 3. After the bottle-breaking ceremony, the vessel was guided into the testing pool. Chairman Ju Chuanjin extended thanks and respect to all the groups and government agencies for the efforts they have made in the building of the ship. It was due to be delivered in a year's time to Chinese authorities.

The world's largest silent research vessel built by China was officially put into use on 30 May 2019, which would pave the way for the cultivation of innovative deep-sea talent and ocean science study.

The vessel is a work of craftsmanship and is of great significance to the development of China’s maritime strengths. "Dong Fang Hong 3", 103-meter in length, 18-meters wide, can accommodate 110 people. The Chinese-developed and built ship contains a 600 square meter laboratory. It's able to travel some 15,000 nautical miles without making a port-of-call. Equipped with internationally advanced shipping and scientific equipment, the "Dong Fang Hong 3" is designed for maritime scientific research.

Dong Fang Hong 3 showcases China’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding technique and creates a strategic platform that facilitates the country’s rapid development of maritime strengths. He pointed out that OUC, as the only comprehensive university with primary strengths in marine-related fields, would continue to explore the oceans for the benefit of the country and step up its effort to become a world-class university. Officials say it represents a milestone in China's maritime resource development and environmental protection, as well as provide more support for China in the country's international maritime research.

The ship meets the requirements of unlimited navigation area, has global navigation, and multi-disciplinary cross-integration capability. It is a new generation of comprehensive scientific research ship with world-class level and distinctive Chinese characteristics. Its core ship performance, technical indicators and science and technology. The demand is at the top level in the world, filling a number of domestic gaps, and the design and construction difficulty is self-evident.

Dong Fang Hong-3 (DFH-3) has obtained the highest underwater radiated noise level certificate from DNV GL (the world's largest classification society in Norway), making it the world's largest silent comprehensive marine research vessel, Wu Gang, the chief designer of the vessel and an expert at the 708th Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, told the Dazhong Daily. "When DFH-3 dives under water, fish 20 meters away do not notice it," Wu said.

According to Wu, the vessel's low-noise control indicator has reached the highest level worldwide. The measured weight of the empty ship was reduced by 0.6 percent compared with the initial estimate, and the height of the center of gravity was slightly decreased after the official tilt test of DFH-3 was completed. "This shows that the project team has mastered the key technology: weight and center-of-gravity control of empty vessels," Wu noted, as a research vessel normally has a relatively small displacement and the weight adjustment space of an empty ship is limited.

DFH-3 has a newly designed air conditioning system that ensures the highest hygiene level for laboratories of research vessels. The time spent to design and construct a research vessel is four to six years, several times longer than that of commercial ships, and much more workload is involved, such as program demonstration, interface coordination, equipment custom design, and layout optimization adjustments, Chen Ningning, one of the major designers of DFH-3, told Dazhong Daily. DFH-3 will build a training platform for improving the quality of talent and conduct a investigation of deep ocean science.

The ship is the new generation of marine comprehensive scientific research ship with the largest displacement, the largest number of personnel, the highest requirements for economical, vibration and electromagnetic, electromagnetic compatibility, the highest utilization rate of the working deck and laboratory area, and the most comprehensive comprehensive scientific research function.

The ship passes the scientific research support system, water body and seabed detection system (the multi-beam system is the world's most sophisticated full-sea deep multi-beam system), atmospheric detection system, chemical, biological, geological and other experimental analysis systems, and remote sensing information observation. Advanced equipment and systems such as the certification system can carry out comprehensive observation of large-scale, multi-disciplinary and multi-ocean elements and stereoscopic detection of “atmosphere-water body (full sea depth)-undersea”, which can realize the integration of ship-based and land-based information networks. Promote the interdisciplinary integration of the ocean, the integration of science and technology, and the coordinated development of science and education.

The construction mode of synergy and integration of all the whole participation, to solve a difficult problem, adopts the integrated design of the whole ship integration for the source of the ship's active noise source and passive noise source, and systematically dampens the key technologies and equipment. The integration of noise reduction and electromagnetic compatibility technology will jointly transform the ship's core technical performance indicators and performance requirements into 21 quality control plans for the specific requirements of ship design and production and construction, and integrate them into the shipbuilding quality management system. The ship is also the first to use the CATIA 3D experience platform for digital design and construction of the ship in Jiangnan Shipbuilding. It can check the accessibility, operability and maintainability in advance, and ensure the rationality of the design from the source. Pipe segment manufacturing enables the application of CATIA V6 3D deliverables, improving the quality of production.

At the beginning of May 2019, the ship completed the trial. The results show that the performance indicators of "Dongfanghong 3" have reached the international leading level. The center of gravity of the empty ship and the floating state achieve the best effect. The safety and loading flexibility are fully reflected in the sea trial. The speed measurement is successful once. The economic speed of the single machine reaches 12.18 knots and the maximum speed reaches 15.55 knots. It is fast and economical. The index is at the international leading level and is one of the best fuel consumption types of the same type of electric propulsion ship of the same tonnage level; the heading stability, maneuverability and swing performance are excellent in sea trials, and the 3-minute heading deflection angle at the maximum speed is not More than 10 degrees, the full-speed turning diameter is about 1.5 times the length of the ship, and the maximum heel angle of the ship is about 8.5 degrees.

Especially in terms of vibration and noise reduction, both air noise and underwater radiation noise fully meet the established high index requirements. The 61 cabins of the whole ship all meet the China Classification Society Comfort (COMF) Level 2 standard under economic speed and maximum speed conditions. According to the standards of the Norwegian Classification Society's underwater noise measurement department, the underwater radiation noise of the ship in the whole speed range of 0~11 section meets the requirements of the highest level Silent-R of the Norwegian DNV GL classification society, especially in the noise control. Difficult 31.5-100HZ low frequency band underwater noise performance is particularly eye-catching.

At the beginning of May 2019, the ship was awarded the highest level of underwater radiation noise (SILENT-R) issued by the Norwegian DNV-GL. It is the first ship in China and the fourth in the world to obtain the certification. The comprehensive scientific research vessel "Dongfanghong 3" ship has reached the highest international standard in the control of underwater radiation noise of ships. It belongs to the world's largest silent scientific research ship and will be the ship of the world's shipboard scientific research equipment in the future. The vibration and noise have the least impact, and one of the most comprehensive and reliable marine scientific research vessels is obtained.

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