The Chinese Ministry of Transport plans to build the first laboratory specialized for the sampling and analysis of pollution of the sea and ocean after the oil spill, the local science and technology newspaper announced.
China spends about 200 million yuan a year for an urgent investigation of ocean pollution after oil spills, but technological expertise is not yet fully applicable because it does not have a required laboratory.
Construction of the laboratory is planned in the northern port city of Tianjin in Bohai Bay, and will initially invest 400 million yuan (50 million euros).
The investment will focus on ecological and maritime safety projects.
To date, only the United States and France have laboratories capable of urgently conducting sampling and analysis of pollution of the sea after the oil spills.
Iranian tanker Sanchi collided early in January with a cargo ship of some 160 nautical miles from the Chinese coast and an ultra-light oil known as condensate, which is more dangerous to the environment than the crude oil, poured into the sea.
In this greatest disaster caused by the tanker in the past several decades, oil spilled over the Eastern China Sea in an area of more than 100 square kilometers.