At 18:30 on July 16, China withdrew the Haiyang Shiyou – 981 oil rig from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
At present, the rig stands about 163 nautical miles (nm) southwest of China’s Hainan island or 41nm from its previous position the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command said Wednesday.
The rig, which was illegally positioned inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in early May, started moving north-northwest toward Hainan island at 21:03 on July 15 at a speed of about 4-4.2nm (nearly 8 kilometers) per hour, escorted by nearly 60 vessels of all kinds.
Vietnam’s law enforcement authorities are keeping a close eye on the movement of the rig and escort vessels.
In early May, China illegally dispatched the rig as well as a large fleet of armed vessels, military ships and aircraft into Vietnamese waters and positioned the rig 80 nautical miles inside Vietnam ’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.
It later expanded the scale of its operations and moved the rig 60nm deeper into Vietnamese waters.
Video credit: Vietnam Television