|Cargo volume going through Vietnamese ports have increased with triple the amount in 2014 compared with those in 1994. — Photo baogiaothong.vn
DA NANG (VNS) — Viet Nam will work harder to contribute to a blue economy and sustainable maritime growth for the seas of East Asia (SEA), said Ho Kim Lan, an official from Viet Nam Seaports Association yesterday.
Lan said on behalf of the country's port association at a session held in the on-going the East Asian Seas Congress in central Da Nang City that the country has a total of 64 seaports, with many high capacity ones in southern localities of HCM City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau and northern Hai Phong City.
"The government gave strong emphasis on the development of qualified deep seaports to make the country an important transit destination," he said.
Lan added that cargo volume going through Vietnamese ports have increased with triple the amount in 2014 compared with those in 1994.
However, in his speech, Lan did not see weak logistics as a big hindrance to the development of the local maritime sector, but road traffic jams would make for more difficulties.
Brian Sullivan from International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, who chaired the workshop on targeting a blue economy for SEA urged the countries bordering SEA to develop maritime transport to utilise the huge potential of sea in the region.
Other participants from Thailand, Philippines and Viet Nam expressed their deep concerns for environmental sustainability in the maritime sector. They called for more assistance from experienced organisations for dealing with maritime incidents including oil spills and the sinking of vessels carrying hazardous cargo.
According to Sullivan, the countries in SEA should build a roadmap that highlights the importance of blue growth and maximises the sustainable use of seas for economic development.
The congress is being held from November 16 to 21 by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, with aims to exchange information, update renewal policies and share experience and innovation.
The first two workshops on climate change risk management and maritime contributions ended yesterday. The congress continues today with focus on coastal and ocean governance and coastal zoning. — VNS