Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Company Ltd signed a 2.5-billion-yuan contract ($397 million) in Beijing to build nine patrol vessels for the country's marine patrol force, china.org.cn reported on Thursday.
The nine ships are five 3,000-ton vessels and four 5,000-ton vessels, and their design will be based on Haijian 50, a 3,000-ton ship for the China Marine Surveillance fleet, and Haixun 01, a 5,000-ton ship for the China Maritime Safety Administration force.
The report did not elaborate on where the nine ships will be handed over when completed.
As the country is dealing with complicated marine disputes, China is beefing up its marine force to safeguard its maritime interests, a move which was highlighted in President Hu Jintao's speech at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November.
According to the China Marine Surveillance, about 36 inspection ships will join its patrol fleet from 2011 to 2013.
Online turnover surpasses 1 trillion yuan in 2012
Jack Ma to step down as Alibaba CEO
FDI sees 1st decrease in 9 years amid slowdown
China helps drive Rolls to record year
Top Ten Economic Events in 2012
CIC seeks balanced portfolio