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  Vietnam proposes harsher fines for marine pollution

    Tuesday 5 January 2010

Tuesday, 05 January 2010 01:19

The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has completed a draft decree which, if passed, could dramatically increase the penalties for marine polluters.

In the legislation passes, those who are charged with intentionally discharging contaminated waste water could be fined up to US$5,200 while those caught flushing out oil tanks containing oil could face fines between US$1,500 and US$2,600. If caught throwing rubbish over board, boat owners and captains could be issued a fine of up to US$260, compared with the current maximum of US$26.

The Deputy Director of the Ministry of Transport’s Legal Department, Tran Ngoc Thanh, said that current penalties were too lenient to deter polluters. He added that ministry inspectors would conduct routine checks to enforce the laws.

Nguyen Thien from the Pollution Management Department said that contamination was becoming a major problem because many vessels were poorly maintained.

Figures from Vietnam’s Environment Protection General Department said that oil discharged from ships contributed to 30 percent of all pollution at sea in Vietnamese waters.

See online : Baird Maritime