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Introducing the Shinkai 6500!

The video introduced here is titled "'Shinkai 6500' A Voyage Around the World|QUELLE 2013 Digest," created by "jamstec channel."

The Shinkai 6500, shown in the video, conducted a survey of the deep-sea in the southern hemisphere in 2013.
The videos summarize the deep-sea life captured during the voyage, as well as various scientific discoveries, valuable documents, and data.
In this article, we'll introduce the Shinkai 6500. Be sure to follow along with the video!

What is the Shinkai 6500?

The Shinkai 6500 is the second deepest diving research ship in the world.
In the video, you can see the Shinkai 6500 being unloaded from the support vessel "Yokosuka" at 0:38.

The Shinkai 6500 was launched in 1989 at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe Shipyard.
In 2002, the Shinkai 2000 was decommissioned, and the Shinkai 6500 became Japan's only manned research vessel submersible to great depths.
At present, the idea of developing a Shinkai 12000 as a successor model is underway.

As the name suggests, the Shinkai 6500 owned by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology is capable of submersible research up to 6500 meters below the water's surface.
They are currently researching earthquakes, tectonic plates, deep-sea organisms' ecosystems and evolution, and deep-sea biological resources.
The video also introduces a number of unusual creatures living in the deep sea, as well as experiments performed on the submarine at 1:03.
The operation of the Shinkai 6500 requires the cooperation of the support mother ship, Yokosuka.

The Route of the Shinkai 6500!

The video details the route that the Shinkai 6500 sailed as well. From 1:03 in the video, we see the Solitaire and Dodo hydrothermal fields of the Central Indian Ridge.

This is followed at 1:45 by footage from the Rio Grande Rise and São Paulo Ridge, the São Paulo Ridge off the coast of Brazil, the Cayman Rise in the central Caribbean, the Tonga Trench and Kermadec Island Arc in the South Pacific, and the Louisville Ridge​.

The Performance of the Shinkai 6500 and Its Time at Sea

The hull of the Shinkai 6500 is elliptical in shape and about 9.7 meters long.
The propulsive force of the hull (screw) allows for diving.
Lithium-ion batteries are currently used as the main power source.
The Shinkai 6500, which is equipped with research equipment, does not have a dedicated mechanic, but rather, a pilot and other crew members who double as mechanics.
You can see the Shinkai 6500 entering the maintenance area after completing its survey at 6:21 in the video.
There is no toilet on board, so they must bring a portable toilet with them.

Information on the Shinkai 6500 - Exhibits and Goods!

Plastic models, paper crafts, figurines and models made by LEGO and Bandai are very popular with Shinkai 6500 fans.

A full-scale model of the Shinkai 6500 is also open to the public at the Marine Science Museum in Yokosuka.
There are exhibits of deep-sea creatures and displays of research results, so be sure to check it out!

Summary of the Shinkai 6500

This article introduced the Shinkai 6500, a submarine that investigates the mysteries of the deep sea.

The Shinkai 6500 has an important mission- to explore the mystery of life.
By watching this video, you'll feel like you're on a submarine adventure through an undersea world you never knew existed!

【Official Website】Manned Diving Research Ship "Shinkai 6500

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Last Updated : Jul. 11, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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