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VIWA orders strict action over overloaded vessel

Update: August, 05/2015 - 16:00

Ship Hoang Tuan 28 carried 1,777 tonnes of wood chips without covering its hold. — Photo haiphongaz.com

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Inland Waterway Administration (VIWA) has asked for strict punishment of individuals who permitted an overloaded vessel to enter Hai Phong City's Ben Kien Port.

VIWA has sent the request to the Port Authority of Inland Waterway Area No 1.

Hoang Hong Giang, the head of VIWA, said they had received a report about a ship, Hoang Tuan 28, carrying 1,777 tonnes of wood chips without covering its hold. The pile of wood chips towered 2.5m above the deck. The decision to allow the ship to transport cargo in Ben Kien Port waters was wrong, VIWA said.

Giang asked the management of the Port Authority of Inland Waterway Area No 1 to immediately punish the violators of the law. The head of Hai Phong Maritime Administration and the guilty officials could be dismissed from their posts.

VIWA also ordered individuals involved in the case to be self-critical, accept the appropriate penalty and to plan measures to rectify their mistake. — VNS

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