|The shipping volume of bulk ships totalled more than 144 million tonnes of cargo a year, increasing by 204 percent yearly (Photo: baogiaothong.vn)
It was proposed by the Vietnam Maritime Administration and the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration during a conference last week to discuss the management of coastal transport routes for bulk vessels.
According to the report by the Vietnam Inland Water Administration, after five years of opening transport routes for river-sea compatible ships since 2014, there are 839 bulk ships. Of which 305 ships were newly built and the remaining ships were upgraded to bulk carriers from river vessels.
The shipping volume of bulk ships totalled more than 144 million tonnes of cargo a year, increasing by 204 percent yearly.
The establishment of coastal transport routes has relieved the burden on road transportation.
However, there are still gaps in management as well as limitations that affect maritime safety and transport efficiency, such as the lack of connection between agencies on licensing and monitoring operation of vessels and uniformity of sanctions, officials said.
Vessels lack standard safety equipment and skilled individuals with experience in maritime transport.
It is reported that 39 accidents have occurred in coastal transport route related to bulk vessels over the past five years, sinking 27 ships and leaving three dead.
Agencies' leaders said they would review related issues to propose solutions to better manage bulk cargo ships in accordance with regulations on safety and maritime security.
As per transport ministry regulations, bulk cargo ships are allowed to carry only goods and not allowed to travel beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast.