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Xiang Yang Hong 19

The "Xiangyanghong 19" ship is a distant sea survey vessel of the East China Sea Branch of the State Oceanic Administration. It was completed in 2011 and upgraded in 2016. It has carried out seven special survey voyages of the West Pacific. The ship has a total tonnage of 3,281, a total length of 98 meters, a width of 15.2 meters, a full draught of 5.5 meters, a self-sustaining power of 60 days, and a scientific research quota of 51 people. Xiang Yang Hong 19 belongs to the East China Sea Branch of State Oceanic Administration. Was formerly : China Marine Surveillance (CMS) hull #50. Was fromerly HAIJING2350 seen from 18 Jul 2013 to 09 Nov 2015, and HAIJIAN 50, seen from 15 Jul 2011 to 09 Jun 2013. The history of former names is compiled automatically from AIS signals and gives insight into vessel owner changes, charter name changes and reflaggings.

The original Haijian No. 50 ship was built by Wuhan Wuchang Shipyard. It was officially started in February 2010, completed and delivered in June 2011, and renamed China Marine Police 2350 in June 2013. In November 2015, it was renamed the National Oceanic Administration Xiangyanghong 19. It has a length of 98 meters, a width of 15.2 meters, a depth of 7.8 meters and a displacement of 3,980 tons. It adopts ABB electric full-slewing propulsion system with a maximum speed of 18 knots, a endurance of more than 10,000 nautical miles and a self-sustaining power of 60 days.

On March 14, 2018, the Office of the National Ocean Investigation Fleet Coordination Committee (Science and Technology Division of the State Oceanic Administration) organized experts to go to Shanghai to conduct on-site review of the Xiangyanghong 19 ship that applied to join the fleet. The review expert group consists of the Major Science and Technology Task Force of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Polar Research Center, the National Ocean Technology Center, the First Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration, the Second Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration, the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Oceanic Administration, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Ocean Research Institute and Sinopec Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. Shanghai Geophysical Exploration Branch consist of 8 experts.

Member of the Fleet Coordination Committee and Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the State Oceanic Administration, Wang Xiaoqiang, attended and spoke. He pointed out that it is the basic work to expand the fleet size and optimize the ship structure. In the period of marine development opportunities, we must adapt to the new situation and strive to build the fleet into a world-class marine survey fleet with advanced ship performance and scientific management.

At the meeting, the expert group heard the detailed report of the State Oceanic Administration's East China Sea Branch, and carefully examined the relevant information of the ships applying for the team, according to the “Administrative Measures of the National Ocean Investigation Fleet” and the “Regulations on the Administration of the National Ocean Investigation Fleet”. It is stipulated that the ship's basic performance, laboratory conditions, deck equipment, shipboard survey equipment and other aspects of the ship's boarding review, and put forward relevant opinions and suggestions, and finally form a review of the National Ocean Investigation Fleet enqueue table".

A Chinese research vessel was confiscated by authorities on the evening of August 13, 2016 for allegedly conducting illegal activities within the 12-mile zone of Yap State territorial water. At 9:44 AM, the research/survey vessel Xiang Yang Hong 19 was sighted by the community in Maap Municipality to be drifting within approximately two to three miles outside the reef. Curious members of the community called the Division of Public Safety and inquired as to what the ship was doing in their water. After several failed attempts to make contact with the ship, the Division of Public Safety mobilized a team of Yap State Police and YFA personnel at 11:57 AM and departed from the YFA dock to investigate the vessel.

The team boarded the Xiang Yang Hong 19 and brought the ship and her crew of 58, including a doctor and 24 scientists, into the harbor. The ship pulled alongside the commercial dock at 8:03 PM on that day. During investigation, officials found that the vessel had in its possession a “Research and Training Permit for the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Federated States of Micronesia” issued by the National Oceanic Resources Management Authority (NORMA) of the FSM National Government, which was to become effective on August 20, 2016 until October 19, 2016.

Also included with the documents onboard the vessel was a letter from the United States Department of State to Mr. Lixin Wang of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC in response to a request for a marine scientific research application regarding activities proposed for Dr. Xu Yonghang on Xiang Yang Hong 19, from June 24, 2016 to August 25, 2016.

The document stated that the marine scientific research was to be undertaken in conformity with the information specified in the research application as supplemented, and the relevant provisions of the U.S. and international laws. The applicant understands that approval of this marine scientific request does not provide the applicant with exclusive use of the marine space. At all times, the applicant is to exercise due regard with respect to other lawful uses of the sea.

A copy of the final report produced incorporating information obtained from the marine scientific research under the application is to be sent to the following foundations aside from NORMA: National Science Foundation; Naval Oceanographic Office; and National Oceanographic Data Center.

Xiang Yang Hong 19, after awaiting clearance from the FSM National Department of Justice, finally departed Yap approximately 6:00 PM on August 20 and was enroute to Shanghai.

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