Fines slapped in dodgy river dredging operations in southern Vietnam

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Vessels forced to collect the mud they had sneakily dumped back into the Thi Vai River after dredging it. Three boat captains and four companies were fined VND360 million (US$17,196) for their violations.

The Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province People's Committee Friday slapped fines of VND360 million (US$17,196) on three boat captains for dumping dredged mud back in a local river and four companies for using the vessels without authorization.

Captains Phan Van Xi, Le Van Dung, and Tran Van Ban were each fined VND40 million for dumping the mud at the "wrong place."

They had dredged the Thi Vai River, and, instead of taking the mud to a spot at sea around 10 kilometers away, dumped it back almost in the place it had been dredged.

Bui Thi Kim Hue, director of Thuan Phat Transportation Services Company, was fined VND20 million, Tran Van Canh, director of the Construction and Salvage Company, VND40 million, Dang Minh Tri, representative of Minh Hang Company, VND80 million, and Dang Tuan Anh, director of Hoang Long Construction and Transportation Company, VND 100 million, for using boats, barges, and dredges without approval from Vung Tau Port Authority.

The authority is investigating more possible violations by two sub-contractors Tung Mai and Hoang Long to recommend further penalties.

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A senior official from the Ba Ria-Vung Tau environmental police told Thanh Nien on condition of anonymity that authorities are looking into the responsibilities of individuals and organizations involved in the dredging.

The Vietnamese companies are subcontractors of Korea's Seohee Construction, which has been hired to dredge a section of the 76-kilometer Thi Vai near Posco Port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau's Tan Thanh District.

The river flows through Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai and has over 20 international ports.

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