BEIJING: A Chinese manned deep-sea submersible, expected to be handy for the country to explore minerals in the Indian Ocean, today successfully set a new national record when it reached a depth of 7,000 meters during a dive into the Pacific Ocean.
The Jiaolong, China's manned submersible named after a mythical sea dragon, succeeded in diving 7,015 meters below sea level during its fourth dive into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, state news agency Xinhua reported. The submersible carrying three oceanauts – Ye Cong, Liu Kaizhou and Yang Bo – conducted the dive.
The submersible would enabling China to conduct scientific surveys in 70 per cent of the world's seabed areas.
It was expected to be handy as China has gained approval to explore a 10,000 sq km polymetallic sulphide ore deposit in an international seabed region of the southwest Indian Ocean.