China Maritime Safety Administration

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China Maritime Safety Administration
Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Hǎishìjú
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction People's Republic of China
Minister responsible
Parent agencyMinistry of Transport

The Maritime Safety Administration of the People's Republic of China (CMSA; simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国海事局; traditional Chinese: 中華人民共和國海事局; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Hǎishìjú) is a government agency which administers all matters related to maritime and shipping safety, including the supervision of maritime traffic safety and security, prevention of pollution from ships, inspection of ships and offshore facilities, navigational safety measures (including Search and Rescue, Aids to Navigation and the GMDSS), administrative management of port operations, and law enforcement on matters of maritime safety law. It was also responsible for marine accident investigation.[1] It is headquartered in Dongcheng District, Beijing.[2]

In October 1998,[3] it was formed by the merger of the China Ship Inspection Bureau and the China Port Supervision Bureau into a comprehensive agency of maritime affairs, subordinate to the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China. The China MSA was the only maritime administrative agency that was not merged into the new China Coast Guard[4] in June 2013. The CMSA retains its safety and control ("traffic police") remit, while the new CCG concentrates all other law enforcement and policing duties.

Administrative Structure[edit]

The agency is organized into the following structure:

  • Major Functions
  • Safety Management of Shipping Company
  • Survey of Ships
  • Flag State Control
  • Port State Control
  • Prevention of Pollution from Ships
  • Safe Carriage of Dangerous Goods
  • Training, Examination and Certification of Seafarers
  • Seafarers' Passports
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Hydrographic Survey
  • Marine Traffic Control
  • China Ship Reporting System (CHISREP)
  • Navigational Warnings and Notices
  • Vessel Traffic Service
  • Maritime Search and Rescue
  • Marine Accident Investigation
  • Education and Training
  • International Cooperation
  • Law enforcement

Operational organization[edit]

The MSA operates primarily along the PRC coastline and Yangtze River, Pearl River and Heilongjiang Rivers. The MSA maintains 20 Regional MSAs, one per coastal province, under which 97 local branches have been established.

MSA vessel on Huangpu at the Bund in Shanghai

Regional MSAs[edit]


The MSA's 25,000 officials, other working staff, operate a patrol force of 1,300 vessels and watercraft of various types. These include 207 patrol vessels of 20 meters and greater length, 2 are 100 meters and above, 2 are 60 meters and above, 18 are 40 meters and above, 59 are 30 meters and above and 126 are 20 meters and above.


An MSA cutter on the Grand Canal of China off Yangzhou

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Accident Investigation." Maritime Safety Administration. Retrieved on January 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Home Archived January 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." China Maritime Safety Administration. Retrieved on January 17, 2012. "11#, Jianguomennei Avenue, Beijing, China 100736" - Address in Chinese Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine: "北京市建国门内大街11号"
  3. ^ Kuehmayer, J.R. "Marine Accident and Casualty Investigation Boards." Austrian Marine Equipment Manufacturers. 17. Retrieved on 17 January 2012.

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