Sur­vey ships to sup­port fish­ing sec­tor

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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.

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