Exploring the depths
Rainbowfish Ocean Technology Co., Ltd, will reveal its plans to challenge the extremes of the hadal zone and explore the mysteries of the deep-sea world at Seawork Asia. The company are working in co-operation with the Hadal Science and Technology Research Center (HAST) of Shanghai Ocean University.
The hadal zone is the deepest region of the ocean, lying within oceanic trenches. It’s found from a depth of between 6,000 - 11,000 metres and the bottom of the ocean, and exists in long but narrow topographic V-shaped depressions.
Based in Shanghai China, Rainbowfish has a two-phased plan. During the first phase, the focus will be on the research and development of the Rainbowfish 11000 manned submersible and its 4800-ton mother ship, “Zhang Jian”.
The second phase will consist of a four-year long submersible sea trial to the full depth of the ocean, reaching 11,000 metres in the Mariana Trench by 2019. This will mark the first time in human history that a scientist, an entrepreneur and an aquanaut will travel down to the extreme of the hadal zone.
In building a world-class mobile laboratory, Rainbowfish and HAST are connecting scientists and entrepreneurs and utilising national support and private investments. The company is also promoting the industrialisation of hadal science and technology, including research vessel and deep-sea technology development services and high-end equipment manufacturing, biomedical engineering and resource development.