THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 18/2006/ND-CP
Hanoi, February 10, 2006
 
DECREE
ON THE DISPOSAL OF PROPERTY SUNK IN THE SEA
THE GOVERNMENT
Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;
Pursuant to the June 14, 2004 Vietnam Maritime Code;
At the proposal of the Minister of Transport,
DECREES:
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1.- Governing scope
This Decree provides in detail for the disposal of sunken property, covering from the identification of owners of sunken property, recovery of sunken property, to preservation, delivery and receipt of property sunk in the internal waters or territorial sea of Vietnam or floating on the sea or washed ashore the Vietnamese coast.
Article 2.- Subjects of application
This Decree applies to Vietnamese as well as foreign organizations and individuals related to the disposal of sunken property.
Chapter II
DISPOSAL OF SUNKEN PROPERTY
Section 1. IDENTIFICATION OF OWNERS OF SUNKEN PROPERTY
Article 3.- Notification of sunken property
1. Owners of sunken property, persons who incidentally recover sunken property, and persons who discover, salvage or take part in the salvage of other people's property floating on the sea or washed ashore shall have to immediately notify the nearest maritime port authority or commune- or district-level People's Committee of the location and kinds of the sunken property.
Within 07 (seven) days after receiving the notice, maritime port authorities or commune- or district-level People's Committees shall have to report such to the Vietnam Maritime Administration or provincial-level People's Committees; where the sunken property is exported or imported goods, they must also report to the nearest custom agency for coordinated handling according to the provision of customs law.
2. For the property sunk in military areas, owners of sunken property, persons who incidentally recover sunken property or persons who discover, salvage or take part in the salvage of other people's property floating on the sea or washed ashore shall have to immediately notify such to the nearest military agency. Local military agencies shall have to report to their superior military agency within 07 (seven) days after receiving the notice.
3. Owners of sunken property mean owners of sunken property or owners, managers or operators of sunken vessels.
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