Reaching the Deepest Sea Floor
CSIC is also developing deep-sea submersibles for rough seas, with a first vessel to be tested this year anticipated to be able to reach a depth of 4,500 meters (2.8 miles).
Already planned is a manned submersible capable of diving into Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth estimated to be around 10,900 meters (6.8 miles) below the surface. If successful, the Chinese submersible would be the third to do so.
Besides China, only the United States, France, Russia and Japan have produced manned submersibles capable of reaching depths of 6,000 meters (3.7 miles), reports the South China Morning Post.
CSIC deputy general manager Shao Kaiwen said the company had a raft of deep-sea equipment projects on its books.
CSIC is the primary contractor for China’s navy. Currently, shipbuilding accounts for less than 20 percent of the yard’s business, and it is active in the production of power and underwater defense products and electronics.By MarEx