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Poor weather hampers convoy


Source: | 02-16-2009 09:16

Special Report:   China navy's escorting mission

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Low visibility off the coast of Somalia is hampering the Chinese navy's anti-piracy missions in the region. The eastern waters in the Gulf of Aden are covered in an extreme haze.

Low visibility off the coast of Somalia is hampering the Chinese navy's anti-piracy missions in the region. 
Low visibility off the coast of Somalia is hampering the 
Chinese navy's anti-piracy missions in the region.

Visibility at sea has been lowered to less than 2 kilometers. Experts say the haze was formed by the combination of blowing sand and salt caused by a cold front. It's expected to last for 2 or 3 days.

The Chinese navy ship is escorting 5 merchant ships registered in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. The vessels are expected to enter the Bab-el Mandeb Straits on Sunday. The Chinese navy has taken various precautions to deal with the weather.


Editor:Zhang Ning