During the 17th conference of the sub-committee on transportation cooperation of Chinese and Russian Prime Ministers' regular meeting committee,the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation have signed MOU on navigational safety and marine environment protection in Beijing on September 6, marking the Sino-Russian cooperation in the field of transport, especially the cooperation of maritime navigational safety and marine environment protection entering into a brand new stage.
Since the 11th conference in 2007 with the support of the Ministry of Transport of China and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Chinese and Russian maritime authorities have conducted several rounds of consultations on the MOU and finally confirmed the cooperation framework and cooperation fields. Both sides reached a consensus on the comprehensive cooperation of maritime safety, marine environment protection, port state control, maritime search and rescue, personnel exchange and training and information exchange.
As the first comprehensive strategic cooperation document on maritime safety and pollution prevention signing with neighboring transport department, the implementation of this MOU will promote the signing of Sino-Russian border river MOU and lay a solid foundation to jointly safeguard Sino-Russian border river waters safety.
The MOU was signed by Yang Chuantang, the Minister of Transport and Sokolov,the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation. Zhai Jiugang, Deputy Director of China MSA conducted fruitful talks with related departments from Russia and attended the signing ceremony.