Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) The construction of a 600-tonne Coast Guard Administration (CGA) patrol ship by a Taiwan-based shipbuilding company got underway Friday in Kaohsiung.
The ship, being built by Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Corporation (JSSC), is the first of a dozen 600-tonne patrol ships to be produced by the company for the CGA.
CGA Fleet Branch head Hsieh Ching-chin (謝慶欽) and JSSC Chairman Han Pi-hsiang (韓碧祥) presided over the initiation ceremony Friday to mark the start of the ship's construction.
In a speech at the event, Hsieh said the construction of the patrol ship symbolized a new milestone in the country's shipbuilding capabilities and will help the CGA meet its maritime patrol duties.
The 600-tonne ship's design is based on the blueprint for the Navy's Tuo Chiang-class corvettes but will also include high-pressure water cannons and special communications and weapons systems, the CGA's Fleet Branch said.
According to a CGA development plan, a total of 141 ships, including four 4000-tonne, six 1000-tonne, 12 600-tonne, 17 100-tonne, 52 35-tonne and 50 coastal multi-purposed ships, are scheduled to be constructed by 2027.