DSV Shinkai 2000

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Shinnkai 2000
Name: Shinkai 2000
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe Shipyard
Cost: 3.7billion (Japanese yen)
Laid down: 1978
Launched: 1981
Sponsored by: JAMSTEC
Completed: 1981
Acquired: 1981
Commissioned: 1981
Decommissioned: 2004
Maiden voyage: 1983
In service: 1983
Out of service: 2002
Homeport: Yokosuka
Fate: Preserved at Shin Enoshima aquarium
General characteristics
Type: Deep-submergence vehicle
Length: 9.3 m (31 ft)
Beam: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
Draft: 3.0 m (9.8 ft)
Installed power: electric motor
Speed: 3.0 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph)
Endurance: 80h
Test depth: 2,000 m (6,600 ft)
Complement: 3

The Shinkai 2000 (しんかい) is a manned research submersible that can dive up to a depth of 2,000 m. It was completed in 1981 and until 1991 it had the greatest depth range of any manned research vehicle in the Japan. The Shinkai 2000 is owned and run by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and it is launched from the support vessel Natsushima.

Two pilots and one researcher operate within a 30 mm thick High-strength low-alloy steel pressure hull with an internal diameter of 2.2 m. Buoyancy is provided by syntactic foam.

Three methacrylate resin view ports are arranged at the front and on each side of the vehicle.

See also[edit]

  • DSV Shinkai 6500 – Japanese manned research submersible that can dive up to a depth of 6,500 metres