Survey ships to support fishing sector
Chinese engineers have completed construction of the country’s two largest scientific survey vessels for ocean fishing, and the ships are expected to significantly improve China’s ability to study the sector, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said. Construction of the 3,000-metric ton Lanhai 101 and Lanhai 201 was finished on Sept 12 in Shanghai, and outfitting of the ships has begun, the ministry said on Sept 16. The two ships are expected to enter service in March, the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences said. They are each more than 84 meters long, and will be equipped with world-class systems for scientific surveys. The vessels will be the biggest and most advanced scientific survey ships after entering service, and will take the lead in China’s marine fishing scientific surveys, the ministry said.