Binh Dinh proposes criminal charges for deceitful shipbuilding firms

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The Binh Dinh province People’s Committee has proposed to criminally charge shipbuilding firms with frauds in implementing contracts to build steel hulled fishing boats under Decree 67 of the Government.

Damaged fishing boats have harbored at De Gi port for many months in Phu Cat district, Binh Dinh province, greatly affecting local fishermen’s livelihood (Photo: SGGP)

Damaged fishing boats have harbored at De Gi port for many months in Phu Cat district, Binh Dinh province, greatly affecting local fishermen’s livelihood (Photo: SGGP)

So far, 18 steel fishing boats have been rusty and damaged right after being launched in the central province.
In a report about the case recently sent to the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development suggests the Prime Minister to instruct the Ministry of Public Security to consider the province’s proposal.
The ministry has also proposed the PM to assign the Ministry of Public Security to require its Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Company to seriously repair damaged boats and not to receive new shipbuilding contracts until final conclusions about the case are drawn by authorized agencies.
The ministry has also sought the PM’s permission to consider disciplinary actions against relevant teams and individuals at the Fishing Boat Registration Center under the ministry’s Directorate of Fisheries for boat assessment mistakes in the case.
After the incident, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry has required provinces to review fishing boats built under the Decree in their localities.
Besides Binh Dinh, other central provinces namely Phu Yen, Thanh Hoa and Quang Nam have reported many damaged boats. Shipbuilding firms have urgently remedied the incident and some boats have resumed fishing while some others are still being repaired.
The country has 666 vessels built under Decree 67 and coming into operation as of May 31, comprising 18 damaged ones in Binh Dinh

By VAN PHUC – Translated by Hai Mien

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