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Biggest patrol vessel tested in city

THE China maritime authority's largest patrol and rescue ship began a round of trials in Shanghai waters yesterday to enhance its rescue and enforcement abilities, officials said.

The 128-meter-long, 5,400-ton Haixun 01, or Sea Patrol 01, will conduct rescue drills with helicopters at the mouth of Yangtze River today, officials said.

Tang Yuecai of the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said yesterday that the ship will soon serve in the maritime force and "will greatly increase the ability to ensure sea traffic safety."

The ship has room to accommodate 200 people rescued at sea and is equipped with devices to offer basic treatment and surgery to anyone injured.

The ship is expected to respond quickly to emergencies such as fuel spills, ship collisions and rescue work.

It took two years to build the ship, which can travel 10,000 marine miles before refueling.

Thirteen ships sank in Shanghai-area waters last year in 24 accidents, with both figures lower than those of 2011. Six people were reported dead or missing in accidents. A large-scale fuel leak happened in a two-ship collision on March 19 north of the mouth of Yangtze River. About 674 cubic meters of fuel spilled. In June, a Netherlands-flagged cargo vessel spilled over 100 tons of fuel. The fuel spills were cleaned up.


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