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Professional submarine SHINKAI 6500

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Characteristics

Type
professional
Maximum depth

Max.: 6,500 m (21325'05")

Min.: 1 m (3'03")

Description

SHINKAI 6500 is a manned deep submergence research vehicle which is capable of diving to 6,500 meters. Built by MHI Group’s Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works, SHINKAI 6500 was delivered to its owner, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), in 1989. Ever since, the vehicle has engaged in the research of the seafloor topography and geology, and deep-sea organisms in the seas around Japan as well as in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans. SHINKAI 6500 underwent a major upgrade in March 2012 to enhance its movements, such as turning, acceleration and braking performance. It has completed over 1,500 dives as of August 2017 and continues to play a vital part in the world's deep-sea research. Length 9.7 m [9.5 m] Weight in Air 26.7 t Maximum Operating Depth 6,500 m Maximum Speed 2.7 knots [2.5 knots] Crews 3 (2 pilots and 1 researcher)

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