Maritime search and rescue, China and Japan work together
BEIJING, December 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – With 69,900 kilometers of winding coastline, the first in the world, Asia has a number of important ports, including nine of the largest ports in the world. Every day, many merchant ships cross the water to promote international maritime trade, but the complex and unstable sea conditions pose threats to the safety of the crew as well as the cargo.
In the maritime zone between China and Japan, severe weather disasters such as typhoon, cold snap, dense fog occur frequently, making sea travel risky and dangerous. Adverse natural conditions also increase the risk of collision with the reef, which is a major cause of shipwreck.
at 3:00 p.m. December 18e, 2019, a refrigerated fish transporter HAI JI of Shandong Province, China, caught fire about 700 nautical miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan. The cabin was on fire and 23 people (including 18 Chinese and 5 Indonesians) on board were trapped and lost contact with the outside world. After receiving the SOS message, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center responded promptly. They drew up a search and rescue plan and sought to cooperate with the Japanese Coast Guard, instructing planes and patrol vessels to search for the reported location of the stricken vessel. The two countries wereted no time in improving details of the rescue, coordinated to verify the passage of ships in surrounding waters and signaled a potential danger.
At 7:00 p.m., a plane sent by the Japanese Coast Guard arrived and found the life raft carrying 23 people. Three hours later, a merchant ship THE GOLDEN ASPIRANTE arrived and safely transferred the victims on board. Shortly after the successful rescue, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center contacted the captain of HAI JI over the phone and confirmed that the entire crew was safe.
Such a case is not uncommon. According to statistics from the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, from 2011 to 2020, 19,914 search and rescue operations were organized, 92,367 ships were dispatched, more than 150,000 people were rescued and material losses on 73 billion yuan were recovered.
Nowadays, maritime search and rescue has become an important issue, especially for countries whose development relies heavily on the sea. The complexity of the sea state and the difficulty of rescue missions make it necessary to in place of international cooperation to ensure maritime security. In recent years, China and Japan actively cooperated in maritime search and rescue operations. In 2010, invited by the Japanese Coast Guard, the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration sent the vessel HAI XUN 21 To Tokyo participate in from Japan 2010 annual parade and comprehensive maritime search and rescue exercise. In 2018, the two countries signed a Sino-Japanese maritime search and rescue agreement, which demonstrated that China and Japan continue to deepen cooperation in maritime search and rescue, protect the safety of people and property at sea and promote regional maritime economic development.
China and Japan have collaborated in maritime search and rescue in the past and have achieved remarkable results. In the future, more joint efforts will be made to create a safer marine environment, boost the maritime economy and promote the building of a maritime community of destiny.
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