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/ China/ Sci-TechBeidou navigation system installed on more boatsUpdated: 2012-05-17 20:05( Xinhua)Comments() Print Mail Large Medium SmallBEIJING – Chinas homegrown Beidou Navigation Satellite System has grown in popularity among fishermen, with nearly 70,000 people using its short message service (SMS), said an official from the systems management office.
Many fishermen use the messaging service to communicate with their families and friends for free, according to Ran Chengqi, director of the systems management office.
Ran made the remark at a seminar held on Wednesday in Guangzhou, according to a Thursday report by Chinanews.com.
Fishermen using the messaging service send about 700,000 messages every month, the report said.
The system has also provided services related to navigation, vessel monitoring and emergency rescues since it went into initial operation in China and its surrounding areas last December.
More than 30,000 access terminals for the system have been installed on fishing boats in China, helping to ensure fishermens safety and promote fishery development, Ran said.
China began to construct the Beidou system in 2000 with a goal of breaking its dependence on the US Global Positioning System by 2020.
Authorities plan to launch a total of 30 satellites to complete the system, launching its 13th satellite about two weeks ago.
The system will be able to provide high-quality navigation services to most users in the Asia-Pacific region this year, an unidentified official from the systems management office said Wednesday.
Fishermen can use the system to send distress signals if they encounter a mechanical failure or other trouble, as well as reach relevant authorities in the event of a maritime border conflict, Ran said.
China currently has 1.06 million fishing vessels, accounting for nearly one-third of the global total. However, about 80 percent of the boats lack modern navigation systems.
Since the end of 2010, south Chinas Hainan province has spent 79 million yuan ($12.5 million) to install navigation equipment on 6,000 locally-registered fishing boats. Fishermen were required to pay just 10 percent of the total cost of installing the equipment on their boats.
The provinces navigation system has helped save six fishing vessels and 27 fishermen and avoid economic losses of nearly 100 million yuan, according to the Hainan Department of Ocean and Fisheries.
The large-scale reinforcement of navigation systems has also been undertaken in other coastal provinces, such as Guangdong and Shandong.
“Fishermen love the system. I was once told by a fisherman in Fujian province that he has enshrined the Beidou terminal on his boat along with a statue of Matsu, a patron saint of Fujians people,” Ran said.8.03KPhotoModeling contest part of China-US exchangeSpecially fertilized teaSimulator to support A320neo commissionedChinas cultural sector sees steady growth in 2011 Travel chaos after snowstorm hits NE ChinaInflation expected to rebound in NovemberGrain output grows for 9th consecutive yearWhite House-like buildings in E China city More China NewsOfficial probed after Web photos emerge3 detained for intruding at military compoundGuangdong to roll out anti-graft pilot projectPolice catch alleged jewel thiefWeb users peer into top courtAll Chinese nationals detained in Sri Lanka releasedMore World NewsJapans general election campaign kicks offPutin: Russia not advocate of Syrian govtObama warns of Syria over chemical weaponsUKs Prince William and Kate expecting a babyWH dismisses GOPs fiscal cliff proposalDPRK urged to halt launch planMost ViewedTodays Top NewsChinese Nobel laureate to receive award in SwedenBigger global role for RMB in 2013DPRK urged to halt rocket planHousing prices rise for sixth monthAdvocates call for euthanasia lawChina makes headway in lowering carbon intensityEmission target set to be met…Editors PicksModeling contest part of China-US exchangeSpecially fertilized tea Japans general election campaign kicks offReuters images of the year 2012 – Festival 2012 Year in Review: Moments at London GamesJames wins Sports Illustrated annual awardHot TopicsCPC National Congress,Mo Yan, Bogu Kailai, Diaoyu Islands, iPhone, Yao Ming, Sun Yang, Li Na, Liu Xiang, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, rare earth, food safetySpecial Coverage18th CPC National CongressDiaoyu Islands Disputes President Hu attends APEC SummitCPC EncyclopediaVideoSlidePodcastPicturesTHE WEEK Nov 30: Black FridayBeijing NGO promotes rapid HIV test in gay communitySlide: Mans best friendAnnual Santa Run in UK
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