Company discovered ‘filling’ 5.3 hectares of sea in southern Vietnam

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/24/2017 14:47 GMT + 7


A seafood company has been discovered backfilling some 5.3 hectares of sea along the coast of Kien Giang Province, in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, for a construction without any consent from local authorities.

The construction of a seafood processing plant developed by Tien Trien Company is being undertaken over a 5.3 hectare piece of land that has been illegally created by backfilling the sea in Binh An Commune, Kien Luong District.

The factory is part of a larger project owned by Tien Trien which was approved by the Kien Giang People’s Committee in 2012.

The construction was initiated in 2014 after an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report was passed by local authorities.

The project’s name is “Tien Trien Company- Inland Port” and will be located along the Lung Lon Canal.

A security guard station is erected at the entrance to the venue for monitoring and in order to charge admission.

At the front of the facility is a port for tourist ships and speedboats to dock and receive passengers for excursions to nearby islands, along with a café and other facilities for travelers.

Further toward the coast is a car park and another seaport where fishing boats are located.

Behinds these venues is a large plot of land on which the seafood processing plant is being constructed.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on Sunday, the inland port was bustling with the activity of tourist buses and speedboats as well as fishing ships.

Drivers of tourist buses and cargo trucks said they all had to pay a fee to the guards in order to enter the venue.

A 2,300 square meter seafood processing plant under construction. Photo: Tuoi Tre

No permit

After spotting several violations, the Kien Giang Department of Planning and Investment has requested that the provincial People’s Committee carry out a comprehensive inspection of the project.

Results of the investigation revealed that a series of offenses had taken place on construction and investment as well as in the approved design of the construction.

The firm had backfilled the sea without any permission from local authorities to do so.

The Kien Giang administration had already allocated Tien Trien a seven hectare area for the plan.

Alongside the seafood processing plant and a 375 square meter tourist facility that had been put into operation, another 2,300 square meter factory is being built, all of which are without building permits.

Tran Huu Nghi, director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, confirmed that the company had not asked for any permission nor made an EIA report on the 5.3 hectare of land they filled along the coast.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thanh Son, director of Tien Trien Company, stated that the firm had not mean to encroach on the sea area.

“We were so positive during the construction that we did not measure properly, resulting in the extra area,” he explained.

Speaking with Tuoi Tre on Monday evening, Mai Van Huynh, vice-chairman of the Kien Giang People’s Committee confirmed that the construction had ceased and an administrative fine had been imposed.

The firm will have to complete the necessary paperwork regarding their violations for local authorities to review, Huynh added.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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