Sun Yat-sen University AGOR
China's largest oceanographic research vessel dubbed the "Sun Yat-sen University" [zhong shan dà xué] was launched at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai on 28 August 2020, about 92 years after China's first scientific expedition to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea. With a length of 114.3 meters [372 feet], a width of 19.4 meters, and a draft of 9.3 meters, the ship has a range of 15,000 nautical miles.
The ship has a displacement of 6,900 tons, making it the largest research vessel in China and surpassing the 5,000-ton Dongfanghong 3, which was also made by the shipyard and is operated by Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Shandong province. Upon its completion, the ship will be delivered to Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, and will be used to carry out scientific expeditions and student training.
The research vessel is capable of global navigation in unlimited navigation areas and can carry more than a dozen mobile container laboratories. The ship is capable of global navigation in an unlimited navigation zone, with an economic speed of 11.5 knots, a maximum trial speed of 16 knots, a self-sustaining capacity of 60 days under a rated staffing and a capacity of 100 people. It is capable of completing various kinds of scientific research from the seabed to the sky of 10,000 meters, including ocean, atmosphere, geophysics and the ecological environment.
The ship also has a helicopter landing platform, which is convenient for scientific researchers and materials transport, and it can also be used as a drone landing platform, which could expand the scope of scientific research observation. In the future, a 760-square-meter stationary laboratory will be built on the ship.
In June 2016, the Ministry of Education approved Sun Yat-sen University to build a 6000-ton marine comprehensive scientific research practice ship during the "13th Five-Year Plan" period designed by the 708th Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Corporation and Jiangnan Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. for Sun Yat-sen University.
On November 20, 2018, the signing ceremony of the construction contract for the 6000-ton marine comprehensive scientific research practice ship of Sun Yat-sen University was held at the South Campus of the Guangzhou campus. Chairman Lin Ou, Chief Engineer Hu Keyi of Jiangnan Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., Academician Luo Jun, President of Sun Yat-sen University, Executive Vice President Sun Dongbai, and Vice President Tai Zhongzhi attended the ceremony.
On October 28, 2019, the school's marine comprehensive scientific research practice ship (H2639) started construction. Secretary Chen Chunsheng and President Luo Jun attended the groundbreaking ceremony. Sun Dongbai, the executive vice president of the school, Xu Li, deputy general manager of China Classification Society Shanghai Branch, and Huang Wenfei, general manager of Jiangnan Shipbuilding and deputy secretary of the party committee, signed the certificate of starting node of the scientific research ship project of Zhongda on behalf of all parties.
The research vessel will become China's leading marine scientific research platform in the future, actively serving as the strategy of maritime potestatem and the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. It is also expected to become a marine scientific research platform and talent training base opening to the world. The ship will undergo various debugging after it was launched. It will undergo sea trials at the end of 2020 and be put into service in the first half of 2021.
Jiangnan Shipbuilding has accumulated rich experience in the construction of scientific research vessels through the "Dongfanghong 3" and "Xuelong 2" projects in recent years. Sun Yat-sen University will adopt the construction method of the large and huge total section, Jiangnan Shipbuilding has met the continuous start-up status. In the future, more emphasis will be placed on the solidification of technical drawings/documents and the delivery of production preparation materials to the factory to ensure that the construction is ordered and on demand.
According to the regulations of “Ship Naming” in Chapter 3, Section 1 of the “People’s Republic of China Ship Registration Measures” Order No. 85 of 2016 of the Ministry of Transport: "The name of the ship includes the Chinese name and the English name. The Chinese name is composed of two or more standard Chinese characters or two or more standard Chinese characters plus Arabic numerals.... The English name is the Hanyu Pinyin of the standard Chinese characters in the Chinese name or the Pinyin of the standard Chinese characters in the Chinese name plus Arabic numerals".