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China's expedition team leaves New Zealand for Antarctica

2009-10-31 11:34 BJT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- China's 26th Antarctic expedition team Saturday morning left New Zealand's coastal city Christchurch for the Antarctica on board the icebreaker "Xuelong", or Snow Dragon.

File photo of Icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" prepares to leave for China's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica, in Shanghai, east China, on Oct. 11, 2009.(Xinhua File Photo/Chen Fei)
File photo of Icebreaker Xuelong, or "Snow Dragon" prepares to leave for
China's 26th scientific expedition to the Antarctica, in Shanghai, east
China, on Oct. 11, 2009.(Xinhua File Photo/Chen Fei)

The vessel arrived at the port on Thursday, where it took 720 tons of fuels, over 200 tons of fresh water and 5 tons of vegetables before setting sail to its final destination.

The crew carried out maintenance work at the port to ensure all the equipments and navigational aids function well in the upcoming journey.

"We will make a full-speed dash southward to cross the stormy westerlies on our way toward the Antarctic," said Wang Jianzhong, captain of the vessel.

He said the vessel would face critical sea condition Tuesday and Wednesday. "If everything goes well, the vessel is expected to arrive at China's Great Wall station before Nov. 15," Wang said.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua