Sta­tion broad­casts ship­ping fore­casts to South China Sea

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

China aired its first English lan­guage oceanic forecast in the South China Sea on Fri­day on Guangzhou Coast Ra­dio Sta­tion with a cov­er­age range of 926 kilo­me­ters (500 nau­ti­cal miles).

The devel­op­ment means China is now able to re­lease fore­casts for the South China Sea in both Chi­nese and English, the China News Ser­vice re­ported.

Such a ser­vice sig­ni­fies China’s im­proved ca­pa­bil­ity to im­ple­ment in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions, de­fend China’s mar­itime rights and serve the in­ter­na­tional public in the sphere in­clud­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions in the South China Sea, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The broad­cast ef­fec­tively covers the coun­try’s Xisha, Zhong­sha and Huangyan is­lands, pro­vid­ing all ships with pre­cise safety in­for­ma­tion, safe­guard­ing their nav­i­ga­tion, life and prop­erty, the re­port added.

“By en­hanc­ing the coun­try’s public ser­vice ca­pa­bil­ity in the South China Sea, China is send­ing the world a di­rect mes­sage of its firm stance in safe­guard­ing its ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty in the South China Sea,” Li Kaisheng, a re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Fri­day.

China also dis­plays its devel­op­ment of the re­gion in the civil­ian di­men­sion, Li said, adding that China even fa­cil­i­tates free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion by pro­vid­ing such a public ser­vice.

Start­ing Fri­day, the English ver­sion of the South China Sea mar­itime forecast would be broad­cast at 9 am-9:10 am and 9 pm-9:10 pm Beijing time through the Nav­i­ga­tional Telex (Nav­tex) or 4029.5 KHz, the re­port said.

The Nav­tex is an in­ter­na­tional au­to­mated sys­tem for dis­tribut­ing nav­i­ga­tional warn­ings, weather fore­casts and res­cue no­tices to ships.

The forecast is gen­er­ated by the South China Sea Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter be­fore it is for­warded to the Guangzhou Coast Ra­dio Sta­tion in South China’s Guang­dong Province.

As one of the five Nav­tex ra­dio sta­tions in China, the Guangzhou Coast Ra­dio Sta­tion broad­casts mar­itime safety in­for­ma­tion to wa­ters in­clud­ing south of the Tai­wan Straits and the South China Sea.

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