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DSV Shinkai
Career (Japan)  Japan
Name: Shinkai
Builder: Kawasaki Heavy IndustriesKobe shipyard
Laid down: 1968
Launched: 1970
Sponsored by: Japan Coast Guard
Completed: 1970
Acquired: 1970
Commissioned: 1970
Decommissioned: 1977
Maiden voyage: 1970
In service: 1970
Out of service: 1976
Fate: Preserved at Kure Maritime Museum
General characteristics
Type: Deep-submergence vehicle
Tonnage: 91t
Length: 16.5 m (54 ft)
Beam: 6.6 m (22 ft)
Draft: 5.0 m (16.4 ft)
Installed power: electric motor
Speed: 2.2 knots (4.1 km/h; 2.5 mph)
Endurance: 10h
Test depth: 600 m (2,000 ft)
Complement: 4

Rear view of Shinkai

The Shinkai (しんかい) is a manned research submersible that can dive up to a depth of 600 m. It was completed in 1970 and until 1981 it had the greatest depth range of any manned research vehicle in the Japan. The Shinkai is owned and run by the Japan Coast Guard and it is launched from the support vessel Otomemaru(乙女丸).

Two pilots and two researcher operate within two high-strength low-alloy steel pressure hull.

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

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