MV Xue Long

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Career (China)
Name: 雪龙
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Displacement: 21,250 tonnes
Length: 167 m (548 ft)
Beam: 22.6 m (74 ft)
Draft: 9 m (30 ft)
Ice class: 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) @ 2 kn (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) (class A2)
Speed: 17.9 kn (33.2 km/h; 20.6 mph) maximum
Range: 12,000 nmi (22,000 km; 14,000 mi)
Complement: 34 crew, 128 passengers or researchers
Aircraft carried: one helicopter
Aviation facilities: helipad
Notes: 100 m2 (1,100 sq ft) lab space

MV Xuě Lóng (雪龙, “Snow Dragon″) is a Chinese icebreaker and research vessel.

A Vitus Bering–class icebreaker built at the Kherson Shipyard in Ukraine and completed on 1993-03-25, Xuě Lóng is a sister ship of the Russian Vasiliy Golovnin.[1][2][3]

MV Xuě Lóng is notable because of its unexpected arrival in 1999 at the small Canadian coastal village of Tuktoyaktuk, on the Arctic Ocean.[4][5][6] The Canadian authorities‘ inability to track the vessel stirred enough controversy that the incident is still being cited as evidence of Canadian unpreparedness to defend its northern sovereignty.[4][6]

In addition to helicopter, the ship also carries an Arctic class ARV autonomous underwater vehicle on regular base. The ship undertook a second Arctic expedition from July 15, 2003 to September 26, 2003.[1] More recently the ship had been used in connection with China's efforts to maintain a scientific presence in the Antarctic.


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