The Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a refresher course, in Da Nang city on October 7 for nearly 40 officials from relevant authorities and forces, especially those in the central region to raise their capacity in dealing with oil spills at sea.

The course made known the ways to prevent the mishaps and contain environment pollution at sea and on islands, and what of environment management agencies should do to deal with the consequences.

Participants also listened to the coordination between Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia to settle the issue in the Gulf of Thailand.

Seeing the importance of the work, especially in the Gulf of Thailand area, Vietnam’s Prime Minister in August 2009 ratified an action plan to realise the three nations’ joint statement and framework programme on cooperation in response to spills at sea.-VNA