New submersibles for sightseeing tours next

Deep sea vessel: A screenshot showing China’s new submersible, the Fendouzhe. — China Daily/ANN

BEIJING: Designers of China’s latest domestically developed scientific submersible, the Fendouzhe, or Striver, are now striving for another goal: to offer underwater tours to the public.

This latest development comes as China prepares for manned expeditions for scientific exploration with Fendouzhe to the deepest part of the oceans – the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean.

The submersible was designed at the China Ship Scientific Research Center in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, a subsidiary of state-owned shipbuilding conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp.

Chen Jiawei, from the centre’s technology and application department, said that designers had developed two types of tourist submersibles and expected to use them for people interested in deep-sea diving.

Currently, the nation operates two manned deep-sea submersibles –Jiaolong and Shenhai Yongshi. — China Daily/ANN

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