Proposing to raise safety standards for river-going ships equivalent to ships
The Vietnam Maritime Administration recommends the Ministry of Transport to supplement the safety equipment standards on sea-going ships (VR-SB) equivalent to ships with a restriction of 3 or more.
Many VR-SB vehicles sink themselves when traveling
According to the statistics of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, from 2014 to now, there have been 38 accidents that sunk 26 vehicles, including 14 VR-SB vehicles in Vietnam. In the first 5 months of 2019 alone, the number of cases involving VR-SB was 7, including 4 cases of self-wrecking vehicles.
Statistics of the Vietnam Maritime Accounts and Collaboration Center (Vietnam MRRC) also shows that, from the time the coastal transport route was put into operation (June 2014), Vietnam MRRC has received 99 related information. to TK-SB vehicle VR-SB, held 69 times of TK TK coordination for this vehicle.
Sharing about the inadequacies leading to accidents for VR-SB ships, the representative of the Maritime Safety and Security Department (Vietnam Maritime Administration) said that VR-SB vehicles often have defects such as: crew members. not being trained in emergency situations on board ships, not capable of exploiting communication equipment, lacking knowledge and experience in maritime, border guarding, collision avoidance, and maneuvering marine operations. , working on charts, using depth meters, radar, ship stability calculation knowledge, ...
“In fact, most VR-SB-class vehicles operate transporting goods from seaports to seaports, the scope of operations is like a ship. According to statistics, about 70% of goods transported by VR-SB vehicles are from the seaport to the seaport. In addition, the VR-SB means of operation is allowed to operate no more than 12 nautical miles from shore or shelter. However, most large VR-SB vehicles often run straight through the Gulf of Tonkin (about 100 nautical miles from the shore) in the condition that safety equipment is not guaranteed, leading to the risk of unsafety for people and vehicles. always standing, ”the representative said.
Refusing to register or register VR-SB vessels does not guarantee safety
According to Mr. Bui Thien Thu, Deputy Director of Vietnam Maritime Administration, in order to prevent and avoid accidents related to VR-SB vehicles, to perform the responsibilities of member states of the World Maritime Organization (IMO), the Department. Vietnam Maritime Administration has proposed the Ministry of Transport to amend a number of regulations such as: Amending traffic rules and signals of VR-SB vehicles to comply with the rules to prevent collisions at sea (COLREG 72).
At the same time, supplementing the regulations on crew members working on VR-SB vehicles with a total tonnage of 5,000 tons or more operating at sea (coastal) must have certificates of equivalent maritime professional competence. with crew members working onboard seagoing ships of grade III or higher; Revise the training program for the certification of navigation controls for inland watercraft to improve the quality of the training and practice of the COLREG 72 Rules and the use and operation of maritime equipment.
“The Maritime Administration also proposed the Ministry of Transport to supplement regulations on VR-SB vehicles with a total tonnage of 5,000 tons or more operating on the sea (coastal) must have similar safety equipment as ships of class III or higher; Consider not continuing to register, register for VR-SB vehicles with total tonnage of 5,000 tons or more if failing to meet the regulations on safety, environmental pollution prevention equivalent to the ships sea bearing level III or higher, ”said Thu.
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