Posted: 10.07.2024 17:43:00

China's deep-sea heavy-duty mining vehicle completed sea trials at depths exceeding 4,000 metres

The Chinese deep-sea heavy-duty mining machine has completed marine tests at a depth of more than 4 thousand metres, which marked a breakthrough in technological research in the field of deep-sea mineral resources and equipment development in the People's Republic of China, Xinhua reports with reference to the Shanghai City Administration

The prototype of the machine, Kaituo II (Pioneer II), was developed by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

During the tests, the mining vehicle performed five dives in the seabed. The maximum depth reached 4,102.8 metres, and it was for the first time that China tested such a device at a depth of more than 4,000 metres.

Kaituo II also became the first Chinese-designed device that managed to conduct manoeuvrable deep-sea navigation in conditions of difficult seabed terrain and perform combined drilling and extraction of various types of deep-sea minerals.