No. 48/2014/QH13
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
Ha Noi, June 17, 2014
Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Law on Inland Waterway Navigation [1]
Pursuant to the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;
The National Assembly promulgates the Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of Law No. 23/2004/QH11 on Inland Waterway Navigation.
Article 1.
To amend and supplement a number of articles of the Law on Inland Waterway Navigation:
1. To amend and supplement Clause 1 of, and add Clauses 28 and 29 to, Article 3, as follows:
“1. Inland waterway navigation activities include activities of people and vessels participating in inland waterway navigation or transportation; planning of development, construction, operation and protection of inland waterway navigation infrastructure facilities; search, salvage and rescue in inland waterways and state management of inland waterway navigation.”
“28. Vessel owner means an organization or individual that owns a vessel.
29. Inland waterway navigation accident means an accident occurring in inland waterways, port water areas or inland waterway landing stages caused by collision or an incident involving vessels, seagoing ships or fishing vessels, causing loss of human lives and property, obstructing navigation activities or causing an environmental pollution.”
2. To amend and supplement Clause 3, Article 4 as follows:
“3. Development of inland waterway navigation must conform to transport development master plans and ensure national defense and security.
Inland waterway navigation and transportation infrastructure facilities shall be developed toward modernity and synchrony in navigable channels, routes, ports, landing stages, management technology and cargo loading and unloading; help ensure navigation safety, natural disaster prevention and control, environmental protection and response to climate change.
The development of inland waterway transportation must be in harmony with other modes of transportation.”
3. To add Clause 5a following Clause 5; and amend and supplement Clause 8, Article 8, as follows:
“5a. Handing over vessels to persons who fail to meet the conditions for operating vessels participating in inland waterway navigation.”
“8. Vessel crewmembers or operators working on board such vessels and having an alcoholic content in blood higher than 50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.25 milligrams per 1 liter of breathed air or using other stimulants banned from use by law.”