KHANH HOA — The 13th Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies Forum (APHoMSA) opened yesterday in the central coastal city of Nha Trang with attendance of over 70 representatives from throughout the region.
The three-day event marks the first time Viet Nam has hosted the forum, which has been organised by the Viet Nam Maritime Administration.
The forum will address the implementation of the international maritime labour convention, State management of seaports and the system of information technology for maritime assistance in each country, while seeking initiatives to promote development of the maritime industry in line with international standards of maritime safety, security and oceanic environmental protection.
The agenda also includes discussion of the technical co-operation programmes of the International Maritime Organisation and other technical co-operation strategy of APHoMSA in the future.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong told the opening ceremony that Viet Nam and other countries in the Asia-Pacific needed to enhance co-operation to cope with problems concerning maritime safety, environmental protection and search and rescue. Viet Nam pledges to actively and comprehensively take part in the APHoMSA, said the deputy minister.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum's member economies possess 40 per cent of the global shipping fleet and account for 50 per cent of crews. — VNS