The White Lion oilfield off the coast of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province
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Hanoi (VNA) – Scientists, businesspeople and policymakers from more than 20 countries are gathering in Hanoi for the Vietnam Symposium on Advances in Offshore Engineering (VSOE 2018).

The VSOE 2018, themed Energy and Geotechnics, is designed as a platform for researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs to discuss and promote technology and policy changes toward renewable energy as well as generate business opportunities in oil and gas and offshore renewable energy.

Addressing the event, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha said Vietnam has just adopted a strategy on sustainable development of maritime economy to 2030 and a vision to 2045, which envisions the restructuring of the maritime economic sector with the top target being developing towards tourism in connection with conservation and development of the natural ecology.

As part of the target, renewable energy is a factor of decisive significance to Vietnam’s sustainable development, Ha said, noting that many countries in the world have been successful in using advances in science and technologies to develop renewable energy.

The minister went on to say that however, fossil energy is still widely used, generating large volume of emissions. Therefore, seeking ways to ensure a balanced and sustainable development for the world is the shared responsibility of all, he said.

The VSOE is an initiative of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE Global), which will be held every two years in collaboration with universities and research bodies in Vietnam.

This year’s event, hosted by the National University of Civil Engineering, seeks to gather knowledge and experienced gained recently in offshore engineering and technology innovations, cost-effective and safer foundation and structural solutions, environmental protection, and risk management in the related fields.

The symposium will run through November 3.-VNA