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Operating and managing the manned research submersible Shinkai 6500

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  In Japanese, shinkai means deep sea. Aptly named, the Shinkai 6500 is a manned submersible survey vehicle capable of diving to a maximum depth of 6,500 m, and is currently the holder of the world's diving depth record. The Shinkai 6500 has the capability to survey approximately 98% of the world's seafloors and approximately 96% of Japan's coastal economic zone.
In addition to operating off Japan, the Shinkai 6500 also operates in global waters by making the most of its greatest advantage: the ability to dive to the ocean depths to allow human eyes to explore. The Shinkai 6500 complement is two pilots and one researcher. Not only must pilots have both training and experience in operating the vessel, they must also be skilled in maintenance and overall operation. Researchers, however, require no special training.
Recent achievements by the Shinkai 6500 include the discovery of the world's largest seabed lava flow in the oceanic rise in the East Pacific Ocean and the collection at the Indian Central Ridge of a seashell with iron scales that has been given the name "scaly-foot." The Shinkai 6500 also has been used to provide footage for media projects that include a TV program and a movie.
On March 15, 2007, the Shinkai 6500 made its 1,000th dive.
Nippon Marine Enterprises was commissioned to operate the Shinkai 6500 in fiscal 2004.

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Use: Physical and scientific oceanographic reserch, biological research, and mineral-resource exploration
Length: 9.5 m
Breadth: 2.7 m
Height: 3.2 m
Weight in air: 25.8 tons
Maximum operating depth: 6,500 m
Complement: Three (two pilots and one researcher)
Pressure hull inside diameter: 2.0 m
Normal dive duration: 8 hours
Life support duration: 129 hours
Payload: 200 kg (weight in air)
Maximum speed: 2.5 knots
Reserch and observation equipment:
  • 3CCD color TV camera × 2
  • Digital still camera × 1
  • Light × 7
  • CTDO × 1
Working equipment:
  • Manipulator × 2
  • Sample basket × 2
Completion: 1989
Port of registry: Yokosuka
Building dock: Kobe building dock of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Manned research submersible Shinkai 6500 Click here to see a video of the manned reserch submersible Shinkai 6500.
Source: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Click here to see a photo gallery of the manned research submersible Shinkai 6500.
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