China to build 30 marine law enforcement vessels over 5 years

14:50, October 12, 2010      

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In order to improve the capacity of marine law enforcement and safeguard marine rights, China plans to build 30 vessels for marine law enforcement in the next five years.

China has a vast area of seas, but the number and the tonnage of vessels for marine law enforcement are both small. China's fleet does not meet the standard of one vessel per 1,000 square kilometers and there is a huge gap compared to other developed countries, said Li Lixin, director of South China Sea Branch of State Oceanic Administration of China, on Monday.

For example, he said, Japan has more than 100 vessels for marine law enforcement with tonnage over 3,000 tons, but the number of China's boats has not yet reached half that of the Japan's.

By the end of this year to early next year, six vessels will be added to the China Marine Surveillance and the patrol boat China Marine Surveillance 75, which was launched at the end of this July, will join the South China Sea Branch at the end of October.

It is understood that the patrol boat China Marine Surveillance 83, called the flagship of China's marine surveillance, is the most advanced in China.

The vessel has a highly-developed communication network and graphic information transmission system, with a displacement of around 3,980 tons. It is equipped with the China Marine Surveillance B-7112, a Chinese-made ship-borne helicopter, which allows for long-range cruise sea and rapid response capability in law enforcement with air interaction.

However, the number of these kinds of vessels is small in China, according to Wang Yun, captain of the boat.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

(Editor:梁军)

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