|Cheng Ping, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and Security Director of the Ministry of Transport [Women of China/Li Wenjie]|
Cheng Ping, Security Director of the Ministry of Transport, has proposed that China should promote scientific innovation and improve services as part of the nation's maritime rescue system refinement.
Speaking on March 10 at the third plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, Cheng said that, in the past 67 years, China's professional marine rescue team has saved 75,543 people and 5,108 ships in distress both at home and abroad.
However, with the deepening of international cooperation and its construction as a strong marine power, China still needs to improve its maritime rescue services and collaborative mechanisms.
The country should also improve its ocean rescue ships, deep-sea search equipment and technical innovation ability and improve its laws and regulations, and treatment of senior technical personnel.
Cheng called for perfecting the mechanism of active connections with international cooperation along the Belt and Road route and the enhancement of maritime power.
She recommended strengthening of coordination in response to national maritime rescue and serious offshore oil spills.
To enhance rescue capabilities, Cheng suggested officials should make good mid- and long-term planning, and optimize the allocation of resources.
The country should strengthen the construction of ship equipment for rescues and national defense emergencies; improve science and technology innovation to strengthen deep-sea rescues; and, speed up the construction of search and rescue flight bases and training facilities to improve the marine rescue support systems.
Cheng added that China should, first, improve the maritime rescue laws and regulations on legal assistance by starting as soon as possible the formulation of relevant laws and regulations and, further clarify the legal status and boundaries for maritime rescue work to safeguard the rights and interests of related parties.
Finally, the country should start an investment and incentive mechanism to build a capable and practical professional rescue team.