POLICIES ON SEA AND ISLAND

Local maritime administrations assigned with new powers

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 15:42

Officers of the Maritime Administration of Ho Chi Minh City conduct patrol on Sai Gon river__Photo: VNA

Hanoi (VNA) - From July 1 next year, local maritime administrations will assume more duties and powers to better manage seaports and maritime activities, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Under the Ministry’s Circular No. 31/2016/TT-BGTVT, the maritime administration of a province or centrally run city will take part in drawing up plans on seaport development, ocean shipping and shipbuilding industry, and supervise the implementation of the approved plans in areas under its management.  

It is assigned to organize the implementation of regulations on management of maritime activities at seaports under its management; and inspect and supervise navigable channels, maritime signal systems and other maritime facilities.

Maritime Administration will be responsible for inspecting maritime activities at seaports and collaborating with other concerned authorities at seaports in approving seaport security assessment reports and monitoring the implementation of approved seaport security plans.

In addition to such powers as licensing and supervising the entry into, departure from and operation of vessels at the seaports under its management, maritime administrations will oversee activities of ship building, repair and dismantlement establishments.

They may prohibit vessels from entering or leaving a seaport when finding these vessels fail to meet the requirements on maritime safety and security, maritime labor and environmental pollution prevention, the circular says.-