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Protecting the seas a challenge, experts say

HUNDREDS of overseas and Chinese maritime experts, scholars and officials will discuss how to better protect the world's oceans at a global maritime forum that starts today in Shanghai.

Participants said protecting the seas has become increasingly challenging due to the global recession.

Concern has been raised on how to keep shippers operating in line with anti-pollution standards as the economic downturn has hammered the profits of shipping firms.

The two-day forum meets with the theme "Responsibilities and Challenges in Marine Environment Protection," the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, the forum organizer, said yesterday.

Lower standards

"Hard times and shrinking profits mean some shippers may lower their standard in practicing environmental protection and safety rules during transport, increasing the risk of sea pollution," Chen Aiping, executive director of the China Maritime Safety Administration, said yesterday.

Local maritime officials said they look forward to collecting ideas and opinions from forum participants to help Shanghai achieve its goal of becoming an international shipping center.

The city is working on setting up an advanced shipping service sector and needs to look at good practices from overseas in areas such as shipping finance and arbitration practices for disputes, said Xu Guoyi, director of the local administration.

The forum is held at the Shanghai International Convention Center in Pudong. Overseas participants represent more than 12 countries and international maritime organizations.


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