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Hypothetical War : Contest For The Spratleys

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#1241 Charles


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Posted 23 November 2017 - 1404 PM

China made a new dredger.

NANJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese-made dredging vessel, the largest of its kind in Asia, started water testing in east China's Jiangsu Province Friday.
The 140-meter-long vessel, with the designed capacity to dredge 6,000 cubic meters per hour, can dig as deep as 35 meters under the sea floor.
The vessel named "Tian Kun Hao" was funded and designed by Tianjin Dredging Co. Ltd. associated with China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and was built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.
"The electronic vessel is able to dredge an area the size of a soccer field with a depth of one meter within one hour," said Wang Jian, deputy chief engineer of CCCC Tianjin Dredging.
He said on sea floor with rocks, the vessel's 6,600-kilowatt dredging equipment can mince hard rocks and pump the silt into the vessel, where it can be automatically blown out as far as 15,000 meters away.
The vessel is expected to be delivered in June next year.

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So this dredger can blow silt 15km away, fuck me, that's impressive.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 1426 PM

It's probably 15km through a tube rather than like able to shoot up 15km into the sky that distance.

In any case, many of the pictures of them doing the reclamation work in the Spratly island group 2-3 years ago with multiple dredgers looked as if the dredgers had flexible tubes for dumping the silt that didn't look even close to 15km, maybe not even in near 1km long. So it sounds like a big upgrade.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 2157 PM



MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will make a diplomatic protest to China, which the southeast Asian nation’s defense minister described as having reneged on a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the busy South China Sea waterway.



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