Ministry issues oil spill response guide
HAØ NOÄI — The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has issued a circular to regulate marine oil spill cleanup and recovery efforts.
Under the circular, an initial and preliminary investigation and assessment on the level of pollution will be made within the first 10 days after an oil spill is reported.
If the investigation shows the level of oil in the water is higher than national standards, a more detailed assessment on environmental damage will be completed within 20 days after the preliminary investigation results.
The detailed assessment result will be used to classify the oil spill’s impact on the environment.
Individuals and organisations must make plans to deal with the oil spill if the area of water polluted beyond national standards is 25 per cent more than the total area under assessment.
In other cases, regular analysis and assessment over the seawater environment must be carried out once a week and reviews of the development of environmental pollution caused by the oil spill will be made every 15 days. If the environmental index is higher than the allowed standard, responsible individuals and organisations will be required to devise a recovery plan.
The recovery of oil spills will be supervised by authorised angencies. Supervision will focus on environmental index and the recovery of the marine ecosystem and marine creature in affected areas.
The circular will take effect from March 12.
There are many causes for oil spills such as collisions, accidents of water transport vehicles (especially oil tankers), oil rig incident or oil spill incident due to geological changes.
More than 200 litres of oil spewed into the world-famous Haï Long Bay in northern Vieät Nam in August, 2017 when a pipe used to transfer the fuel between two tankers ruptured.
Statistics show that an estimated of about 200 million tonnes of oil are transported each year through the sea in Vieät Nam. About 10 oil spills have been recorded annually.
The National Committee for Search and Rescue ( VINASARCOM) is the lead agency for oil spill response and is responsible for the implementation of the National Contingency Plan. — VNS THANH HOÙA — The Thanh Hoùa City Police on Saturday smashed a football pools internet betting ring which has raked in more than VNÑ300 billion (US$13 million).
Initial investigations reveal the ring was led by 40-year-old Phaïm Quaân Duõng who lives in the city’s Ñoâng Thoï Ward.
In November last year, he is accused of setting up a website with others in the city and Haäu Loäc, Hoaèng Hoùa and Thieäu Hoùa districts to operate illegal football gambling.
The police seized 12 people, 17 mobile phones and other evidences. Investigations are continuing.
Team set up to salvage sunken fishing ship
HAØ NOÄI — A team has been set up by the central province of Khaùnh
Hoøa to organise the salvage of a fishing boat which was reported to have sunk in waters off Baø Ròa-Vuõng Taøu Province.
Ship BV 95838 TS reported that it discovered the sunken vessel with only its prow seen above the water at 10.40 last Friday.
The site was about 160 nautical miles to the southeast of OÂ Caáp cape, Baø Ròa-Vuõng Taøu Province, but no one was seen around the area.
The family of the owner of the KH 90208 TS said the ship with 10 fishermen left Hoøn Roâ Port in Nha Trang City, Khaùnh Hoøa Province, on December 27 last year, and they last contacted the ship on December 29 last year.
Immediately after receiving the report, the Office of the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, and the Border Guard’s Staff have instructed their relevant forces to work to verify the report.
Fishing vessels operating near the location have also received instructions to look for the missing seamen.
The Navy and the Coast Guard have also ordered their ships operating in the waters to search for survivors.
Undersea cable incident affects internet service
HAØ NOÄI — The Intra Asia (IA) cable system connecting Vieät Nam to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia encountered a power failure on the morning of January 10, affecting the speed of local internet connections.
Internet service provider Viettel said on January 12 that the disruption had occurred at several points off the coast of Singapore.
The cable is being repaired but there is no confirmation on when the IA will resume full operation.
Several internet service providers said they had rerouted and transferred signals to other cable systems to minimize the impacts on users.
The 6,800km (4,225 miles) undersea cable system was officially launched in November 2009, connecting Vieät Nam, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.
More than 50 million people in Vieät Nam, or over half of the country’s population, are online.
The IA, together with the ruptureprone 20,000km-long Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine line are the country’s two main cable connections. — VNS