Ministry to issue list of safe anchorage sites
HA NOI (VNS)— The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been assigned to announce the list of anchorage sites across the country before April 1 every year to help fishing boats find safe places in storm seasons.
The new task is regulated in Government Decree 80/2012/ND-CP on fishing port and anchorage management, issued on Monday.
Boats can enter an anchorage without paying fees during a storm or tropical depression, according to the new decree.
The ministry will announce the anchorage name, co-ordinates and capacity to receive boats. Telephone numbers of local steering committees for flood and storm control, which manage the anchorages, will also be publicised.
The list will be announced on mass media and sent to city and provincial people's committees.
When entering an anchorage, boat owners must follow the committee's supervision and guidance. They also must inform the committee of a vessel's name, registration number and condition of the boat and crew.
A boat can only leave the anchorage when the storm is over or by consultation with the committee.
The ministry's Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection Department director Nguyen Ngoc Oai said anchorages would limit the loss of life and property during storm seasons.
Reports from some cities and provinces showed that about 30 per cent of fishing boats could not find anchorages during a storm.
However, Nguyen Tai, an official of the Thua Thien-Hue Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, said anchorages sent signals to fishing boats during storms but bad weather and poor radio receivers made it difficult for some boats to catch the signals.
Meanwhile, Oai said announcing the list of anchorages was only one of the measures which the Government had undertaken to support seamen.
More than 1,470 seamen were provided with preferential interest loans to install satellite locators on their ships and 18 switchboards and 60 stations had been set up in coastal provinces to send updated information to fishing boats.
It was expected that the department's Fishing Ship Supervision Centre would start work next year to supervise more than 3,000 fishing boats in the region, he said.
The decree will be put into effect in December. — VNS