China publicizes regulation on maritime observation, forecasting
BEIJING, Mar 07, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The regulation on the management
of maritime observation and forecasting was authorized to be
published on Wednesday, according to a State Council decree
recently signed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
The regulation aims at streamlining the nation's maritime
observation and forecasting activities, a move to prevent and
mitigate marine disasters.
The regulation provides that the national oceanic authority
should compile plans for building a maritime observation network,
including siting for observation stations, plans on infrastructure
construction and maintenance measures.
The network should give special attention to coastal cities,
densely-populated areas, industrial parks and areas prone to
marine disasters, according to the regulation.
Furthermore, international and foreign organizations should
abide by Chinese laws and regulations when conducting maritime
observations within Chinese territory.
The regulation also specifies organizations responsible for the
forecasting of oceanic disasters and public disclosure of relevant
information, as well as penalties for dereliction in maritime
The regulation will come into effect on June 1, 2012.
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