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Russian research vessel concludes study on Vietnam’s marine biodiversity

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 14:46 GMT+7

A Russian research vessel arrived in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Wednesday after carrying out a one-month biodiversity study in the East Vietnam Sea.

The Academic Oparin research ship from the Russian Academy of Sciences docked at the Nha Trang Port, located in the namesake beach city in Khanh Hoa Province, in the evening after completing its mission along the sea area between the north-central province of Quang Tri and the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

The ship originally launched from Tien Sa Seaport in the central city of Da Nang on November 20.

The 75.5 meter long, 2,440 metric ton ship is equipped with five laboratories and modern technology capable of assisting in the collection of deep sea samples.

The vessel can accommodate a total of 36 scientists and 30 crew members.

According to Professor Vo Si Tuan, chief of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography, experts from six Vietnamese and two Russian institutes participated in the voyage.

About 300 sea specimens were extracted in order to analyze marine life and experiment with reactions between the samples and certain chemicals.

Results of the study are scheduled to be announced during a conference at the headquarters of the Nha Trang Institute of Oceanography on Thursday.

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