China is building a 10,700 tonne patrol vessel to boost its civilian fleet. Photo: Weibo

China starts work on US$97 million, 10,700 tonne civilian patrol vessel – its biggest ever

  • Ship commissioned by Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration expected to go to sea in September next year
  • Vessel designed to handle a range of tasks, from emergency operations and law enforcement to search and rescue missions and even tackling pollution
Topic |   South China Sea

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China is building a 10,700 tonne patrol vessel to boost its civilian fleet. Photo: Weibo
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.