Vietnam, ROK foster ties in controlling sea pollution

Tuesday, 2017-08-29 17:37:49
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NDO – The Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI), under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Coast Guard signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC), in Hanoi on August 28, in regards to the field of controlling sea pollution.

According to the VASI, the MOC between the two units consists of six major contents, which are to share information and experience in supervising, preparing and responding to oil and chemical pollution and oil and chemical toxic spills at sea; to exchange methods to identify hazardous oils and chemical toxics at sea; and to strengthen the capabilities and efficiency of the adaptation systems to these types of incidents.

The two sides will also discuss their experience concerning policies, legal frameworks and international treaties; exchange experience via working delegations and through experts, conferences and workshops in the field of international cooperation on sea pollution control; and foster ties in other spheres related to sea pollution control decided by both sides in the case of necessity.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Pham Ngoc Son, Acting Director of the VASI, stated that right after its debut in 2008, the VASI signed a memorandum of understanding with the ROK agency, marking the initial step in their bilateral cooperation. Up to date, the two sides have deployed a lot of cooperation activities, particularly since the Law of the Sea of Vietnam took effect, which includes a regulation stating that the VASI is responsible for dealing with oil spills.

The newly signed MOC aims to strengthen the collaboration between the two sides and, on that basis, their affiliated units will launch specific contents and plans in order to execute the memorandum, Son added.

For his part, Kim Hyoeng Man, Director of the ROK Coast Guard, said that the MOC will offer his agency a foundation to share experience and collaborate with the VASI in handling and overcoming oil spills and sea pollution incidents.