Viet Nam Stresses Settlement of Maritime Disputes by Peaceful Measures

December 11, 2019 – Phạm Hải Anh, Việt Nam’s representative to the United Nations, on Tuesday affirmed Việt Nam’s consistent stance that all disputes should be settled with peaceful measures, in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Speaking at a plenary meeting on oceans and the law of the sea of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Anh said the settlement of disputes should also respect diplomatic and legal processes and not use or threaten to…

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Foreign scholars condemn China’s bullying behaviour in East Sea

August 31, 2019 – China is engaged in a long-term and consistent campaign of coercing Southeast Asian countries to abandon their legitimate rights in the East Sea, according to an American scholar. Tension escalated since the Chinese survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 and its escort vessels returned to Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) earlier this month. China’s behaviour had become more challenging as the country had deployed more ships to the East Sea than before, said Gregory B Poling, Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) and a…

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Chinese survey ship withdrawn from Vietnamese waters: Foreign ministry

August 8, 2019 (VNA) – The Chinese survey ship that encroached upon Việt Nam’s continental shelf reportedly since early July has been withdrawn, Việt Nam’s authorities confirmed today. “According to the information we have obtained, on the afternoon of August 7, the Haiyang Di Zhi 08 (Marine Geology 8) survey vessel has halted its geological mission and left Việt Nam’s Exclusive Economic Zone and southeastern continental shelf, which are determined in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Lê Thị Thu…

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Gibraltar Condemns Illegal Spanish Naval Incursion into BGTW

February 18, 2019 – The Government condemns the incursion by the Spanish Navy (ESPS Tornado) into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) yesterday. This is yet another senseless provocation that achieves nothing expect generating an atmosphere of mistrust and hostility which benefits nobody. The Spanish Foreign Ministry is now itself on record as having confirmed that the communications in question were made by their naval vessel because the commercial ships in question were, according to them, inside Spanish waters. The reality is that the merchant vessels were in BGTW when they…

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Silver Jubilee Commemoration Ceremony of SIMBEX- 2018

November 19, 2018 – Silver Jubilee Commemoration Ceremony to mark the 25th edition of SIMBEX, “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” was held onboard INS Sahyadri at Visakhapatnam today, 19 November 18. The Ceremony was attended by Adm Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff and Rear Adm Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy Republic of Singapore, Vice Adm Karambir Singh FOC-in-C ENC, Flag Officers, Commanding Officers and personnel from participating ships. Rear Adm Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet welcomed the Guests to the historic occasion to commemorate the…

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Shipping in polar waters

October 31, 2018 – ​IMO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) and related amendments to make it mandatory under both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017. This marks an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two…

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