On December 18th, the ocean drilling vessel Dream constructed and surveyed by China Classification Society (CCS) was named and made its maiden voyage in Nansha District, Guangzhou, which marks a crucial step in China’s deep-sea exploration capacity building and marine technology equipment research and development.

As the world’s most advanced ocean drilling vessel, “Dream” is the first independently-developed ocean drilling vessel in China. It is also a self-propelled ultra-deepwater scientific ocean drilling vessel with additional classification marks such as DP3 (CR) and Battery (Power-h). This vessel, 179.8m long, 32.8 m wide, with a total tonnage of about 33,000 and am endurance of 15,000 nautical miles, can withstand level 16 typhoon conditions,  has a nominal drilling depth of 11,000m, and its ocean scientific drilling capacity ranks the global leading level. This vessel belongs to the China Geological Survey of the Ministry of Natural Resources. It was designed by the 708th Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, and constructed by CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company Limited.