Norway will transfer its latest advanced technology in environmental observation and coping with oil spills to Vietnam, said Norwegian Ambassador Stale Torstein Risa.

At an international seminar on the field in Hanoi on Sept. 19, the Norwegian diplomat said his country will help Vietnam manage and promptly cope with marine environmental pollution accidents and provide personnel training in the field.

Head of the General Department of Vietnam’s Sea and Islands Nguyen Van Cu said the marine environment observation system will monitor and detect oil spill accidents at sea, devise models of forecasting marine resources in the East Sea , monitor ecological systems and exploitation activities and provide exact and timely information for the management of marine environment protection.

The network of Vietnam ’s sea survey and observation stations made in 1987 with poor equipment are no longer suitable, he said, adding that this hinders the forecast and planning of coastal economic areas and implementation of coastal projects.

Vietnam ’s sea transport records an average annual growth of almost 20 percent. Vietnam ’s transport route on the East Sea is the main one on the way from the Middle East to Eastern Asian nations.

Additionally, many oil and gas exploration and production activities are taking place in Southeast Asia . The aforementioned activities pose risks to Vietnam ’s waters and therefore, improving the capacity in coping with oil spills is considered an urgent task.-VNA