Polar research vessel Xue Long 2 docked at Ocean Terminal for 5 days, drone performance on the evening of 10th April

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8th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) At 9.30am today, Xue Long 2 made its appearance at Sai Wan Ho, accompanied by several civilian vessels, including Duk Ling, Aqua Luna, World Star, and five fishing boats organised by the Hong Kong Fishermen Consortium. Government departments such as the Environmental Protection Department, Marine Department, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department, Customs and Excise Department, Correctional Services Department, Immigration Department, Marine Police, and two fireboats formed a massive fleet to guide and accompany Xue Long 2 as it entered Victoria Harbour through Lei Yue Mun.

The Hong Kong government organised a welcome ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui, where two tugboats and a fireboat formed a water arch. Meanwhile, the Flying Services Unit paid tribute with two helicopters flying low.

Around 10am, Xue Long 2 sailed into Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui and will dock at the Ocean Terminal. The captain, crew, and the team on board greeted the citizens on the pier.

During the visit, citizens will have the opportunity to board Xue Long 2, which serves as China’s first domestically built polar research icebreaker. The visit is made possible through an invitation extended by the Green Future Foundation Association and the Polar Research Institute of Hong Kong.

Registration for the visit is open and in alignment with the event, the Polar Research and Climate Change Exhibition will commence at the Hong Kong Science Museum on the following Monday and run until 26th June.

Ho Kin-chung, the founder of the Polar Research Institute, believes that the icebreaker’s arrival in Hong Kong after China’s 40th Antarctic expedition will evoke a profound sense of recognition among citizens. He further emphasized that this visit was proposed last October, following the visit of Xue Long 1 twenty years ago. The proposal received overwhelming support from the government and various sectors.

Moreover, approximately 90 leading scientists aboard Xue Long 2 will engage in exchanges with over 200 students during the visit.