HKUST Welcomes China's Most Advanced Deep-sea Research Vessel in a Warm Ceremony

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10/08/2007

HKUST Welcomes China's Most Advanced Deep-sea Research Vessel in a

Warm Ceremony

A fireboat performs water cannon salute to pay tribute to Dayang Yihao as the vessel approaches Ocean Terminal.

A view of the

welcoming rituals on Ocean Terminal's Waving Gallery.

Youngsters in uniforms wave SAR flags to Dayang Yihao's crew members.

Crew members on board the vessel.

Inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of hundreds of flag-waving school children as they helped welcome Dayang Yihao to the Ocean

Terminal. Adding much to the festive atmosphere was the superb police band with its rousing marches.

Dayang Yihao was heralded into the harbour by a ceremonial fireboat with its spectacular water fountain.

Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, HKUST President Paul Chu said: "The on-board tours to Dayang Yihao were oversubscribed 10 times on the very first day of registration. It shows the enormous popularity of this scientific vessel to members of the Hong Kong community. Dayang Yihao represents the triumph of China's deep-sea research."

Other dignitaries who spoke eloquently of the meaning of this visit included Secretary for Education Mr Michael Suen , Deputy Director of the State Oceanic Administration Mr Wang Fei, the Captain of the vessel Mr Zhen Sung Gang, The officiating guests also include: Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of Central People's Government in Hong Kong Mr Zheng Kunsheng.

The vessel is originally scheduled to be docked at Ocean Terminal from 10 to 13 August for on-board visits by lucky members of the public.

Unfortunately, due to the inconvenient arrival of a severe tropical storm, onboard visits as well as a public lecture scheduled for this afternoon had to be cancelled. Members of the public who hold tickets for on-board tours of the vessel for the next two days are asked to tune in to media announcements for any alternative arrangements.

Weather-permitting, visitors will have a chance to see the vessel's most sophisticated oceanic research equipment and some of its spectacular finds made during its 220-day voyage around the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

"HKUST is proud to have hosted this event. We hope the weather will be kind for the remaining two days to let us continue and complete our hospitality and fulfill our educational mission to the Hong Kong public." said President Paul Chu.

Ticket-holders for the on-board tours are asked to visit our

website:http://deepsea.ust.hk/DayangYihao/eindex.html for the latest information.

*Note: If the No. 3 or a higher typhoon signal is in effect, all on-board tour arrangements are off. Should the No 3 signal be cancelled by 6 a.m. or earlier, the original tour arrangements will apply.

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The welcoming party comprising Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung, HKUST's President Paul Chu and Council Chairman Dr John Chan extend their warm welcome to the crew members on board Dayang Yihao.

State Oceanic Administration's Deputy Administrator Wang Fei and Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung meeting the captain of Dayang Yihao.

A photo of the officiating guests at the welcoming ceremony.

We regret any weather-induced disappointments.

President Paul Chu's welcome remarks (Chinese only).

Luk Kam Wing

Tel: 2358-6306 / 9103-2928 Email: kluk@ust.hk

Donna Wong Tel: 2358-6317 Email: donnaw@ust.hk

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