The Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) has raised its
objection over an incident when Chinese fishing vessels broke off the
cable of the group’s seismic survey ship, the Binh Minh 02.
PetroVietnam also requested that relevant agencies ask Chinese citizens
to respect Vietnam ’s sovereignty and not interfere with operations
of Vietnamese ships, including seismic survey ships belonging to
Answering questions from the media, the Deputy
Head of PetroVietnam’s Search and Exploration Division, who is in charge
of the East Sea office, Pham Viet Dung, said the incident happened at
4:05 am November 30 when the Binh Minh 02 was attempting to carry out a
seismic survey on the Vietnamese continental shelf around the Tonkin
Gulf and encountered many Chinese fishing vessels there.
the warning signals were sent, asking the Chinese fishing boats to leave
the area the Binh Minh 02 was working in, two Chinese ships numbered
16025 and 16028 ran up behind the Vietnamese ship, breaking off it
seismic survey cable.
The location of the cable breakage was
at 17.26 degree North latitude and 108.02 East longitude, 43 nautical
miles southeast of Vietnam’s Con Co island and 20 nautical miles west of
the median line between Vietnam and China.
incident, PetroVietnam immediately instructed relevant departments and
the ship’s crew to repair the cable breakage.
By 2pm December 1, all the cables had been repaired and the ship had resumed work.-VNA