POLICIES ON SEA AND ISLAND

Shipyards in Vietnam must meet international environmental standards

TTXVN-VNA | 28-12-2016 | 11:30

Ship repairing in Song Doc township, Tran Van Thoi district, Ca Mau province__Photo:VNA

Hanoi (VNA) - Shipbuilding and repair services in Vietnam must meet environmental standards in accordance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Seagoing Ships.

This is one among several requirements set by the Vietnamese Government for shipyards operating in the country.

Besides meeting the above requirement, a shipyard must have adequate facilities for receipt and collection of wastes from ships, and workers as well as systems, facilities and equipment for management and disposal of wastes discharged into the environment.

Every shipyard is also required to set up two separate sections to take charge of technical issues and quality inspection. Each division must have at least a shipbuilding engineer, a marine engine engineer, and a technician who possesses an intermediate or collegial degree in ship electricity. Technical and quality inspection staffs must have at least 12 months’ experience in seagoing ship building, conversion or repair.

Moreover, shipyards must satisfy requirements on occupational safety and health and fire and explosion prevention and fighting set out in relevant laws.

The Vietnam Register is responsible for recognizing shipyards’ eligibility to engage in seagoing ship building, conversion and repair. For each eligible shipyard, it will issue a notice of eligibility which is valid for five years from the date of its issuance. To ensure shipyards meet all required conditions during their operation, the Vietnam Register will conduct regular and irregular inspections at shipyards.-