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Plans put in place to ensure river safety during World Expo

HELP will arrive within five minutes if anyone falls into the Huangpu River during the World Expo 2010, and cleanup ships will arrive within 20 minutes if any vessel releases fuel into the river, the Shanghai maritime authorities said yesterday when unveiling safety plans for the event.

Expo ferry services will not be suspended because of typhoons or fog during the event from May to October, and that includes the city's typhoon season, said Xu Min, director of Expo Maritime Emergency Headquarters Office of the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration.

There will be restrictions on the entry of other vessels to areas near the Expo site in bad weather to ensure the safe operation of Expo vessels, he said.

The administration will dispatch 50 vessels to patrol the river around the clock during the 184-day event, said Xu.

They will dash to the scene and call headquarters in the event of an emergency.

Rescue, salvage or cleanup ships on standby near the Expo site will then be sent out.

The administration has plans in place for 13 emergency scenarios during the Expo, including drowning, ships colliding, fire and explosions on the river and water pollution.

The procedures will ensure that any emergency can be brought under control within 20 minutes, Xu said.

The authorities will also try its best not to affect the operations of Expo ferries and tour ships when tackling emergencies, said Chen Aiping, executive director of the China Maritime Safety Administration.

A dozen cleanup vessels will be used to remove the oil and waste on the river during the 184-day event and sewage pipes of tour ships will be sealed to prevent pollution.

The administration yesterday set up a controlled zone from the Nanpu Bridge to the Chuanyang River in the Pudong New Area that includes the 5.28-square-kilometer Expo site.

Private yachts, sightseeing boats and fishing boats will be allowed to pass through the zone only between 4 and 8am during the Expo.

Ships carrying toxic, radioactive, inflammable or explosive materials will be restricted from the zone throughout the event.

The administration will lead these ships to other waterways in order not to affect factory production on the upper and lower reaches of the restricted zone, Chen said.

Twenty-two ferry boats and 13 tour ships will take visitors across the river. The boats will take 240,000 visitors every day, accounting for about 30 percent of Expo visitors.

The ferry service will be free but the tour ships will charge. The fees have yet to be decided.


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