HA NOI (VNS)— Norway will share advanced technology for environmental monitoring and responding to oil spills with Viet Nam, said Norwegian Ambassador Stale Torstein Risa at an international workshop in Ha Noi yesterday.
|Oil residue appeared along 6km of coastline in central Binh Thuan Province's Phu Quy island district. — VNS Photo An Chau
He said the technology could quickly identify the cause of environmental pollution, which would help management agencies struggling to puzzle out the source of the oil spill. Norway would also train staff with experience in environmental monitoring and responding to oil spills on the sea.
General Director of the Viet Nam Administration of Sea and Islands Nguyen Van Cu said the country's environmental monitoring system, set up in 1987, was too old to adapt to current demands.
"The available equipment is rudimentary and the management ability is limited. This is a significant limitation when forecasting and planning coastal economic zones," said Cu.
It's reported that the country's sea-based transportation has been increasing by nearly 20 per cent per year on average, of which 35 per cent of ships carry goods for import and export.
Cu said the sea environment monitoring system was expected to reduce illegal exploitation of natural resources in the country's seas and encourage sustainable marine development. — VNS
Oil curdling spreads over Binh Thuan coastline
Oil curdles on the water recently appeared along six kilometres of coastline in central Binh Thuan Province's Phu Quy island district, Vietnam News Agency reported today.
Ha Song Lo, the district's Deputy Party Committee Secretary, said the oil curdling had drifted on the shore early this week, causing heavy pollution in the area and difficulties in travelling for local residents.
Lo said the curdling became denser with every passing day. The oil particles are black and as big as a finger, spreading from Phu Quy Port to Ngu Phung Commune.
He said experts from the provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department were investigating the cause and hoped to find a solution soon. — VNS