Maritime drill shores up rescue skills ahead of import expo

A maritime rescue drill was held at the Waigaoqiao bonded area on Friday morning as part of the city's maritime security preparation for the upcoming import expo.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Rescue workers salvage a container from water near Waigaoqiao bonded area during a drill in Shanghai on October 12, 2018.

A maritime rescue drill was held at the Waigaoqiao bonded area on Friday morning as part of the city’s maritime security preparation for the upcoming China International Import Expo.

The drill was jointly organized by Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center and Pudong Maritime Bureau, during which three cargo containers "fell" off a vessel when it was leaving the dock. The containers fell into the channel and water area near the dock, one of which held "dangerous" goods.

The maritime rescue team took actions like controlling water traffic, positioning containers, underwater salvaging, and dangerous goods handling. Ten rescue boats and 76 staff members were involved.

The drill, scheduled before the China International Import Expo, aimed to help enhance the handling of emergency situations by the relevant maritime departments.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Rescue workers handle "dangerous goods" during a drill in Waigaoqiao bonded area in Shanghai on October 12, 2018.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A container is retrieved from water during a drill in Shanghai on October 12, 2018.



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