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China’s new supply ship Sansha I

HAIKOU, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — A new supply ship set sail Monday from Hainan Island for Sansha City on its maiden voyage to islands in the vast South China Sea.

Sansha I is the largest and most advanced vessel to supply the islets in the South China Sea, helping with efforts to defend China’ “blue territory” and protecting its interests in the sea.

“The Sansha I can cover all of the South China Sea and reach more islets and reefs in the remote Zhongsha and Nansha groups,” said Feng Wenhai, vice mayor of Sansha.

Sansha I, 122 meters long and 21 meters wide, has a displacement of 7,800 tonnes. The rollon-rolloff vessel can accommodate up to 456 people and carry 20 standard container trailers, cover 6,000 nautical miles without docking and has a top speed of 19 knots. It has a helicopter pad…

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