"Chinese naval escort to the owner will not be charged any fees." Chinese Ministry of International Cooperation Bureau Director of Chi-cheng to 23, "Global Times" reporter confirmed that the Chinese naval escort to protect the lives of the crew and shipping companies, China's State Assets , Is not the company, will not be escorting the vessel or owner of any charge. "Chinese naval escort mission with the implementation of the missiles, artillery, helicopter gunships, and other equipment." Dec. 23, the Navy's deputy chief of staff Major-General Xiao in an interview that the implementation of the mandate of the convoy, "the sea", "Wuhan" "Weishanhu", equipped with missiles, artillery and other weapons, but also some of the additional special operations personnel they have targeted to bring some of the weapons, including 2 helicopters.
Xiao said , China's navy discovered a suspicious ships at sea, will first send a helicopter to carry out reconnaissance, close to send another ship. If you are being robbed by pirates, the Navy and the conditions and the means to carry out stop, according to captain the situation will make the right direction. If the Chinese warship was pirate attack on the initiative, the Navy is determined to self-defense. Board Chih-cheng said that all the needs of China's naval escort ships or foreign-funded ship, the China Shipowners Association have to submit an application by the China Shipowners Association will apply for the protection of merchant ships to report the situation to the Chinese anti-piracy center. Chinese anti-piracy center with the Chinese maritime search and rescue office of the Joint Center, which will provide relevant information to the merchant navy convoy.
It is understood that the general need for 7 days in advance to inform the navy. The escort ship owners to apply for in the next few days will be accepted from the beginning. Board Chih-cheng, Chinese Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions can apply for naval vessels to escort, but not the foreign-funded companies to apply for the ship's escort, the Chinese side will make a decision as appropriate.
The Chinese naval escort was the main target of Chinese-funded companies or the company's vessels, in addition to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and other vessels transporting humanitarian goods. Board Chih-cheng said that in January this year to November, Chinese or Chinese-funded ship a total of 1265 (second) after Somali waters, of which more than 80 pirate vessels subject to harassment. COSCO, general manager of safety and technical supervision, said Chen Zhengjie, COSCO up to a day when there are 5-6 after a boat. According to the Ministry of Public Security Secretary Zhang Yusheng, only in September this year to 12 months, COSCO has more than 240 vessels through which 1 / 4 of the pirate vessel by the harassment.
It is understood that the pirates had been to the harassment of Chinese companies a tremendous loss. The boat was originally a low premium of only a few hundred dollars, is now up to 10,000 or even 20,000 U.S. dollars. Such a huge amount of the premium so that many companies can ill afford, simply go to give up the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea waters, and to flee the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. This increase in the cost of sailing time and is very great.
China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, deputy director of the office Du Yongdong, China Merchant generally equipped with satellite positioning systems, through the system, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center and the Navy command center on the screen to see the activities of merchant locations, thus more conducive to the Navy Escort. Operations of the General Staff of Naval Operations Secretary of the Navy Senior Colonel Ma Luping added that China is the main naval escort operations, generally do not enter the territorial waters of other countries to implement action to combat piracy. According to our reporter learned that Chinese helicopter gunships and naval special warfare at sea will not take the initiative to search the vessel and detained by armed officers and rescue.