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Ship's captain detained over illegal waste

THE captain of a Korean cargo ship has been detained for illegally discharging contaminated water and garbage into Huangpu River's Expo site area, officials from Shanghai Maritime Bureau said yesterday.

The pollution has been cleaned up by ships sent by the bureau after the Korean cargo ship, Sea Way 5, was found to be discharging waste into the river on Thursday. Bureau officials are still investigating the case.

Any discharge of tank-washing water and garbage into the Huangpu River must be first reported to the maritime bureau, and the bureau would then send out cleaning ships to collect the waste. The marine environmental protection law also bans discharging waste directly into the state's main rivers and resorts.

Xing Dafeng, an official from the Wusong Maritime Bureau, said those who illegally discharged waste into the Huangpu River would be severely punished during World Expo 2010.

"The clean water environment of the Huangpu River is a key to the World Expo as it will be one of the main scenic spots for visitors," Xing said.

Xing said the bureau would set up an on-site surveillance system during the World Expo, monitoring the whole area of Huangpu River and territorial sea, to keep the water clean and protect rivers and seas from being polluted.

Officials from the bureau announced earlier that ships and vessels arriving at Shanghai ports would face tougher fines if they broke a revised national regulation on the prevention and control of marine pollution.

Fines for violators are expected to top 300,000 yuan (US$43,950), triple the maximum 100,000 yuan listed in the 1983 regulation.


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