China's icebreaker returns after eventful mission to Antarctica
March 14, 2019
China’s icebreaker Xuelong returned to Shanghai Tuesday morning after completing its 35th Antarctic scientific research.
Xuelong, with 349 crew members on board, set sail from Shanghai on November 2. Over 131 days, it traveled more than 30,800 nautical miles, nearly 57,042 kilometers, overcoming difficulties including a collision.
Due to thick fog, the vessel collided with an iceberg on January 19 when it was traveling at a speed of three knots, about 5.6 kilometers per hour, in the Amundsen Sea in western Antarctica.