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China has built a massive supply ship to help it develop its largest outpost in disputed South China Sea.
The vessel, with a displacement of 8,000 tonnes, will play a vital role in the safeguarding of the country's southern gate, said the ship's state-owned manufacturer upon its unveiling.
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The ship was constructed for Sansha, a prefecture-level Chinese city on contested Woody Island, which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. The island has been under the control of Beijing since 1956.
Woody Island is located 220 miles south-east off China's tropical Hainan Province. It is known as Yongxing Island in Chinese.
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Measuring 128 metres (420 feet) long and 20.4 metres (67 feet) wide, the ship was built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited.
It is designed to transport supplies and assist Chinese local authorities to administrate the far-flung settlement, according to the shipbuilder.
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The ship is also expected to carry out emergency maritime rescues, medical treatment and scientific explorations to nearby islets.
The massive ferry boat was complete on April 2 after one and a half years of construction.
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It was named 'San Sha 2 Hao' at its launching ceremony in Guangzhou last Friday.
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