Uploaded on May 30, 2011
Chinese marine surveillance vessels on May 26 violated the sovereignty of Vietnam's territorial waters, causing economic damage and hindering the operations of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam).
This information was given by PetroVietnam deputy general director Do Van Hau while giving an interview to the press in Hanoi today.
He said three Chinese ships entered the exploration area of Vietnam, at the location of 12'48''25N and 111'26''48E, which is 120 nautical miles from Dai Lanh cape in the central province Phu Yen.
The violations took place when the Binh Minh 02 ship was conducting seismic surveys at lots 125, 126, 148 and 149, which lie totally within the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam, Hau added.
This is the second survey on the areas which started on March 17, 2011 after the first one last year.
However, at 5:05am on May 26, the Binh Minh 02 ship's radar detected a strange vessel moving fast towards the survey area and five minutes later two other ships approached. The three ships were then identified as marine surveillance vessels of China entering the area without warning.
At 5:58am, the Chinese marine surveillance ships ran through the survey area, only 120 nautical miles from the Dai Lanh cape and cut the Binh Minh 02 ship's exploration cables.
Hau added that the three Chinese marine surveillance vessels hindered the normal operations of the Binh Minh 02 seismic ship and then threatened the Binh Minh 02 ship, saying that the Vietnamese ship violated China 's sovereignty.
Binh Minh 02 ship pilots determinedly affirmed that they were operating legally in the territorial waters of Vietnam.
However, the Chinese ships continued to impede the Binh Minh 02 ship's operations until they left the survey area at 9:00am on May 26.
The Binh Minh 02 ship had to stop its work on May 26 to repair damaged equipment and resumed its operations at 6:00am on May 27.
The PetroVietnam leader affirmed that the Chinese marine surveillance vessels' infringement into Vietnam's territorial waters to sabotage and hinder PetroVietnam's normal exploration activities is an extremely perverse action that obviously violates Vietnam's sovereignty right and causes economic damage.
PetroVietnam confirmed they will keep on conducting seismic survey activities in the areas. The group will closely coordinate with relevant agencies to ensure the effective and safe operations of the Binh Minh 02 ship.
The Binh Minh 02 seismic ship, invested by PetroVietnam in 2008, has carried out many surveys on the continental shelf of Vietnam's sovereignty.
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