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China Announces Plans To Build Maritime Accident Investigation Laboratory


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The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration has announced that China’s first laboratory dedicated to investigating maritime accidents will open by the end of next year. The laboratory, which is already under construction, will be used by investigators to analyze the causes of serious incidents involving fatalities and property destruction, including vessel collisions, explosions and oil spills, and according to Chen Xiaoguang, deputy director of the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration, it will facilitate and speed up investigations into accidents.

“In the past, we had to rely on personal judgments when dealing with a maritime accident,” Chen told the Global Times. “It would take us a long time to go to the site of an accident to question the involved parties or to look for evidence from a video of the event. Once the laboratory is built, we will be able to use paint or trace analysis and accident simulation technology, all of which is faster and more objective.”

The maritime accident laboratory is being created as a joint effort between the administration, Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Maritime University. The universities will be sharing technology with the administration and will also be training researchers. There will be eight different offices for the laboratory, all specializing in different areas of maritime law. The Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration will be operating four offices that will focus on the following areas: paint and trace analysis, electronic evidence analysis, accident simulation, document identification and human factor analysis. Shanghai Jiao Tong University will be in charge of the two offices that will handle material analysis and ship model testing, while Shanghai Maritime University will specialize in oil spill incidents and marine machinery and equipment analysis.

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