On December 30, 2016, the Ministry of Transport issued the Circular No. 50/2016/TT-BGTVT on the procedure for licensing foreign sea-going vessels to provide domestic marine transport service.
In accordance with the regulations in this Circular, a license of domestic maritime transport shall be valid for 01 (one) year when the licensed sea-going vessel is of use to 01 (one) product manufacturer; and the licensed vessel is not present in any Vietnamese fleets. A license of domestic maritime transport granted to a sea-going vessel shall be valid 06 (six) months. The term of a license of domestic maritime transport for a foreign sea-going vessel can be set as requested by the applicant; however, its term shall not exceed 01 (one) year or six (06) months. A license of domestic maritime transport for a sea-going vessel that carries passengers and luggage ashore from a cruise ship and vice versa shall be valid per trip.
Also in accordance with this Circular, the revocation of a license of domestic maritime transport occurs when the sea-going vessel no longer qualifies for transporting cargo, passengers and luggage as per the laws; the cargo, passengers and luggage transported are contrary to those defined in the license of domestic maritime transport; the information on the vessel, transport route, cargo, passengers and luggage is forged, is altered or is made deliberately misleading.
This Circular takes effect on July 01, 2017.
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