OUC’s New Research Vessel, Dong Fang Hong 3, Launched

Dong Fang Hong 3 being launched

On January 16, 2018, Ocean University of China’s (OUC) new deep-sea research vessel (H2623) was launched and named at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The vessel is a work of craftsmanship and is of great significance to the development of China’s maritime strengths.

In attendance were Prof. Ju Chuanjin, Chairman of OUC’s university council and Prof. Yan Ju, Vice President of OUC, along with leaders from the Ministry of Education, the Jiangnan Shipyard Group, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Oceanic Administration, the Ministry of Finance, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the China Classification Society. Mr. Hu Keyi, chief designer at Jiangnan Shipyard, hosted the ceremony, which began at 11 o’clock to the powerful rhythm of the national anthem. President Lin Ou of the Jiangnan Shipyard Group and Chairman Ju Chuanjin delivered speeches on behalf of the shipbuilder and the commissioner respectively, expressing good wishes and keen expectations for the future of the vessel. Prof. Yan Ju officially announced the name of the vessel— Dong Fang Hong 3. After the bottle-breaking ceremony, the vessel was guided into the testing pool.

Chairman Ju Chuanjin extended thanks and respect to all the groups and government agencies for the efforts they have made in the building of the ship. He reviewed the history of the three generations of research vessels – Dong Fang Hong (built in the 1960s), Dong Fang Hong 2 (built in the 1990s) and Dong Fang Hong 3 (which was begun in 2013) – all of which were supported by the Ministry of Education. OUC worked closely with all parties involved to implement this significant shipbuilding project, which integrated multiple disciplines, technologies and engineering applications. Dong Fang Hong 3 showcases China’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding technique and creates a strategic platform that facilitates the country’s rapid development of maritime strengths. He pointed out that OUC, as the only comprehensive university with primary strengths in marine-related fields, would continue to explore the oceans for the benefit of the country and step up its effort to become a world-class university.

Vice President Yan Ju officially names Dong Fang Hong 3

The bottle-breaking ceremony

Group photo of participants

Dong Fang Hong 3 represents the new generation of deep-sea research vessels that China is independently developing. Its building constituted a comprehensive and systematic project that covers multiple disciplines, technologies and engineering applications.

The ship is 103 meters long and 18 meters wide with a total tonnage of 5800 tons and maximum speed of 15 knots. It is able to carry 110 people at a time and has an endurance of 15,000 nautical miles and 60 days; its operation deck is 600 square meters and it has a total lab area of 600 square meters. The ship is equipped with the most advanced shipping and research facilities. It also benefits from unique and cutting-edge building techniques as well as parameter control and performance index systems.

Dong Fang Hong 3 will be delivered to OUC and put to use by the end of 2018.