Min­istry is­sues oil spill re­sponse guide

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

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

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