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Shenzhen equipped with new system to control marine pollution
(Shenzhen Daily)
Updated: 2005-02-02 11:09

Shenzhen is now better equipped to respond to marine pollution with the establishment of the marine pollution reaction system.

"Integrating both human and technological resources, the system features a professional greasy dirt cleaning team, marine rescue center, maritime communication system and pollution cleaning databank," said Kong Xiangkun from the Shenzhen Maritime Affairs Bureau.

"We formulated the most capable reaction force to guarantee the implementation of the system," he said.

The reaction system works by positioning and reporting pollution to the rescue center, contacting all the relevant personnel to analyze and evaluate the level of pollution, forming a reaction force to undetake cleaning work.

Rubbish and greasy sludge left by ships in coastal areas are the major source of marine pollution. There is already an ocean garbage recycling ship in the Shekou and Chiwan areas. Kong said the city government was planning to buy another for the eastern coastal area.

High-tech is fully applied in the new system. With a professional computer network, people can come up with the most effective solution in the shortest time.

"Our new system is able to handle 50 tons of sludge. From the time a report of a marine pollution accident was received to the arrival of the emergency reaction force, would take an average of only three hours," said Kong.

A monitoring and warning system was the key to the response time. A closed circuit television system was already installed in the western coastal area a similar system was being installed in the eastern area.

The bureau is planning to introduce a new monitoring system incorporating a helicopter, patrol boat, and land patrol with electronic monitoring. Shenzhen harbor is improving the warning system by introducing more high-frequency telephones tailored for air and maritime use.

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