Xuelong’s northward route had been repeatedly revised

  and thus successfully averted gales and huge waves as high as 8 meters, according to the weatherman aboard the ship, Wang Lei.

  For example, with no ice areas in Prydz Bay to shelter the ship, Xuelong had to de

part from Zhongshan one day earlier than scheduled in order not be blocked by a whole gale and huge waves. After

leaving the bay, it was first headed northwest to the marine-based west Antarctic ice sheet.

  ”Then a strong cyclone is moving to us and its resulting waves will block our way to north,” Wang said.

  Due to the weather, Xuelong chose to sail westward at the edge of the westerlies to reach a haven area between two moving

cyclones, where it had spent two days before huge waves again blocked its way northward.

  ”After that, Xuelong had spent about 20 hours in waters east to the Kerguelan Is

lands in order to stay away from the winds and waves on Wednesday,” Shen said.

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