Touted as China’s most advanced maritime patrol ship, the HAIXUM 31, made its first call to a U.S. port today in Honolulu.
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The Haixun 31 was escorted into Aloha Tower at 3 p.m. by a parade of ships that included the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island and the Honolulu Fire Department fireboat Moku Ahi.
The Coast Guard and Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) are scheduled to conduct a joint search and rescue table top exercise and an on water exercise in Honolulu. These exercises will serve as the building blocks towards a cooperative partnership and facilitate discussions of maritime search and rescue and environmental protection measures that are of mutual interest to both agencies.
“This historic engagement further improves the coordination of search and rescue operations at sea,” said Ray. “This is the first visit to the United States by the Haixun 31 and is an opportunity to strengthen our relationship on a number of common maritime missions.”
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration have been engaging since 1987 on many maritime issues. This visit represents a continuing opportunity to collaborate on search and rescue to improve competencies and cooperation.
The MSA is tasked with administrating all matters related to maritime and shipping safety, including the supervision of maritime traffic safety and security, prevention of pollution from ships, inspection of ships and offshore facilities, navigational safety measures (including Search and Rescue, Aids to Navigation and the GMDSS), administrative management of port operations, and law enforcement on matters of maritime safety law. It is also responsible for marine accident investigation. Its headquarters are in Dongcheng District, Beijing. If you are familiar with the waterfront in any Chinese port, you know that this is a huge burden. The MSA is growing, with a larger maritime patrol vessel contracted for construction, the Haixun 01. For more on the MSA, visit their website: http://en.msa.gov.cn/msa/