South China Sea: China demands foreign vessels report before entering ‘its territorial waters’

South China Sea: China demands foreign vessels report before entering ‘its territorial waters’

The reporting system for foreign vessels entering and leaving China’s territorial water was added to the Maritime Traffic Safety Law which was revised in April. From Wednesday foreign ships must report ship ID and cargo information to China’s maritime administrations. Photo: Weibo

From Wednesday, foreign vessels must declare ship’s name, call sign, position and dangerous cargo. It comes amid escalating tension between China and rival claimants, as well as Western nations led by the US and its expanded military presence in the region.

Foreign vessels entering what Beijing deems its “territorial waters” must report to China under maritime regulations meant to strengthen its claims over disputed waters, including the South China Sea.

China’s Maritime Safety Administration said that under regulations taking effect on Wednesday, vessels of foreign nationality entering China’s territorial seas must report ship and cargo information to China’s maritime administrations.

The reporting requirements applied to submersibles, nuclear vessels, ships carrying radioactive materials, ships carrying bulk oil, chemicals, liquefied gas and other toxic and harmful substances and other vessels that were considered a threat to the country’s maritime traffic safety, the administration said in a notice on Friday.

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