Foreign rescue agencies will be allowed to join Vietnam's efforts in the event of a disaster that exceeds the nation's capacity, starting this November.
Huynh Ngoc Thua, Vice Director of the Southern Center for Oil Spill Response NASOS, made the announcement at a conference on safety in the fields of oil and gas exploitation last weekend in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the moment, foreign rescue teams are not permitted to enter Vietnam to join such efforts, according to Thua.
Thua also said that Vietnam's first oil spill response vessel will go into operation this November.
A larger ship will be launched in the first quarter of 2012, he said.