A new government decree has prescribed fines of between 800 million VND (38,000 USD) and 1 billion VND (47,000 USD) for violations of Vietnam ’s territorial waters, islands and continental shelf for tourism purposes.

The government has just issued Decree 162/2013/ND-CP on sanctioning administrative violations in the sea areas, islands and continental shelf of Vietnam , which will officially take effect on January 1, 2014 , and replace Decree 137/2004/ND-CP issued in 2004.

Under the new decree, the installation of cables and pipes without permission in written form by authorised Vietnamese agencies, or the illegal exploitation of water currents, wind power and other non-biological marine resources will also be subjected to the same level of fine, from 800 million VND to 1 billion VND.

Any violations which disturb the normal operation of legal cables and pipes in Vietnam’s territorial waters, islands and continental shelf will lead to a fine of 400-500 million VND (19,000-23,000 USD).
Fines of between 5-10 million VND (238- 476 USD) will be imposed on foreign boats or submarines not flying the national flag and the Vietnamese flag or flying the flags incorrectly when operating in Vietnam’s internal waters, as well as on foreign boats not flying national flags when operating in Vietnam’s territorial waters.-VNA