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China's first open sea fishery research vessel launched today

CHINA’S first pelagic — or open sea — fishery research vessel, owned by the Shanghai Ocean University, was launched on Friday in Tianjing, four years after approval for its construction, the university said.

The Song Hang, paid for by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Shanghai Government, is the most advanced and largest ship of its type in China.

The ship is still to be outfitted with sophisticated scientific and fishing equipment, which will cost about 80 million yuan (US$11.7 million).

It will be equipped for trawling and long-line fishing as well as lights for squid fishing.

The Song Hang will also have equipment for meteorological, hydrologic and biological research.

It is the first research ship built by a Shanghai university and will be available to various universities.

It is due to be commissioned in July and make its maiden voyage in September or October.


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