Photo taken on April 28, 2012 shows the Chinese scientific research ship Dayang Yihao (Ocean No.1), in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province. The Chinese research vessel Dayang Yihao departed from the city of Sanya on Saturday, kicking off the country’s 26th oceanic expedition mission. [Xinhua]
Research vessel, Dayang Yihao started this Sartuday the 26th ocean expedition of China after it sailed from the city of Sanya, on Hainan island province, for a mission of 370 days.

Tao Chunhui, chief of the expert team on board the ship said the work will focus on the study of polymetallic sulfides, bio-resources and the environment, according to information from the mentioned southern island.

The ship will anchor in Cyprus, Nigeria, Brazil, South Africa and Mauritius to obtain supplies before their scheduled return to the northeastern coastal city of Qingdao on May 2, 2013.

Last December 11, the Dayang Yihao completed a scientific research mission of 369 days, where they covered more than 64 000 nautical miles.

During that voyage, the ship crossed the Pacific, Atlantic and Indic oceans, and even made stopovers in Brazil, Panama and Ecuador.

In that occasion, experts made studies on metal sulfides and nodules, the environment in the deep sea, biological genes and marine biodiversity, with encouraging results according to reports.

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