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Checks on ships at dam

VESSELS carrying very dangerous cargos are forbidden to pass the Three Gorges Dam area for 10 days starting from next Monday, as part of safety precautions around the National Day holiday, the river's navigation authority said yesterday.

Yangtze River navigation administration said all ships passing through the Three Gorges Dam and the Gezhouba Dam are required to undergo strict safety examinations until October 10, in an effort to avoid public safety incidents including pollution spills, violence and acts of terrorism.

Those carrying top-class dangerous goods will be banned for passage, it said.

All ships must reveal the identities of the staff, the number of passengers, detailed information about cargos and voyage certificates.

Police patrols and monitoring measures with advanced equipment have been intensified along the Three Gorges area.

The Three Gorges Project, initiated in 1993, is a multi-functional water control system built on the upper and middle reaches of the country's longest waterway, the Yangtze River.


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