MacGregor-Equipped Icebreaker for China
A MacGregor project team has been involved in the polar icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) 2 project for China’s 36th Antarctic expedition from the very early stage back in 2011
MacGregor is working collaboratively with the he Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) project team and the Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC) in Shanghai to develop different technical solutions required to enable deck handling equipment to operate effectively at temperatures of minus 45 degrees centigrade.
MacGregor’s deck handling solution and scope of supply for Xue Long 2 comprises three offshore cranes, the research equipment deck handling systems, oceanographic winches, deck machinery and hatch covers. Spare parts and service support will also be provided to maximize the icebreaker’s operational availability.
“Integrated capabilities on safety, reliability and operational support were the main decision- making factors whilst selecting key equipment for this important project,” emphasised Mr Wang Shuoren, Political Commissar of Xue Long 2, Chief Technologist of Newbuild Icebreaker Engineering Department.
“We are very proud to be a part of the Xue Long 2 project and make our contribution to China’s polar research operations and, in so doing, look forward to further extending our collaborative relationship with the PRIC and MARIC”, says Jane Chen, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing & Communications; Head of China, MacGregor.
Xue Long 2 is a Polar Class 3 vessel, measuring 122.5 meters long and 22.3 meters wide with a displacement of 13,996 tonnes and a navigation capability of 20,000 nm. She is the world’s first icebreaker capable of cutting through ice whilst moving forward or backwards, with this capability and advanced installed equipment significantly improving polar region research capabilities.
The 36th Antarctic expedition involves 413 scientists, researchers and support staff, with Xue Long 2 working from China’s research stations in Antarctica and South Africa to support scientific operations being undertaken by the expedition team.