|CMS ships lie at anchor|
As regional tensions continue to grow over overlapping claims in the South and East China Seas, China’s premier civilian maritime agency announced last week it would commission more than three dozen new vessels by next year.
Quoting Chinese government officials, the state-affiliated China Daily reported that to safeguard China’s huge maritime interests, the China Marine Surveillance (CMS) would add 36 ships to its fleet by next year. An unnamed CMS official said that seven vessels would have a displacement of 1,500 tonnes, 15 of 1,000 tonnes and 14 of 600 tonnes. Construction of the 600-tonne cutters reportedly began on Tuesday in Weihai, Shandong Province. The vessels will be distributed to 14 provinces, autonomous regions and cities along the Chinese coastline, it said.
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