China to build new patrol ship to enhance maritime capability

16:45, November 12, 2010      

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The contract to build China's most advanced large-scale maritime patrol ship, Haixun 01, was singed in Shanghai on Thursday, which means China's capability for maritime surveillance and rescue will be further improved.

It will take 20 months for Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Company, Ltd. to build the ship and it is expected to be delivered in July 2012.

Haixun 01 is an unrestricted ship on international voyage. It has a designed length of 128.6 meters, speed of 20.4 knots and a displacement of 5,418 tons.

As the most advanced ship in terms of equipment, Haixun 01 will be equipped with medium-sized helicopter hangars and a platform for large helicopter take-offs and landings.

Hanxun 01 has strong capabilities in information collection, processing and transmission, comprehensive commanding, maritime surveillance and rescue. It can carry 200 rescued persons and simple medical treatment can also be conducted on board the ship.

At present, China has three marine surveillance boats, the Haixun 11 and Haixun 31, which both weigh 3,000 tons, and the 1,500-ton Haixun 21. These ships are responsible for rescue, emergency, marine survey and protecting traffic order off of China's costal waters.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online


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