On July 01, 2016, the Government issued the Decree No. 111/2016/ND-CP prescribing business conditions for provision of seagoing ship building, conversion and repair services.

In accordance with regulations, from July 01, 2016, a shipyard must have a technical division and a quality inspection division which are separate from each other and meet the requirements on seagoing ship building and conversion; each division must have the minimum number of workers. For a grade-1 shipyard: 4 workers possessing a university degree in shipbuilding, 4 workers possessing a university degree in ship engine, and 2 workers possessing a university degree in ship electricity; For a grade-2 shipyard: 2 workers possessing a university degree in shipbuilding, 2 workers possessing a university degree in ship engine, and 1 worker possessing a university degree in ship electricity. A technical or quality inspection worker must have at least 24 months’ experience in seagoing ship building, conversion or repair. A shipyard that builds metal-hulled ships must have at least 5 metal welders, 2 mechanics, 3 electricians and 3 painters as required by the national technical regulation applicable to seagoing ship building and repair establishments. A metal welder must possess an appropriate professional certificate as required by the national technical regulation on classification and building of seagoing ships or the equivalent. A shipyard that build non-metal-hulled ships must have at least 3 shell manufacturers, 1 mechanic, 1 electrician and 2 painters as required by the national technical regulation applicable to seagoing ship building and repair establishments.

When the notice of an establishment’s eligibility for seagoing ship building, conversion and repair expires, or when the establishment requests modification or supplementation of the recognized qualified items, a dossier shall be submitted for re-recognition of the establishment to be eligible for seagoing ship building, conversion and repair to the Vietnam Register.

A notice of an establishment’s eligibility for seagoing ship building, conversion and repair is valid for 5 years from the date of its issuance.

This Decree takes effect on the signing date. Seagoing ship building, conversion and repair establishments formed before July 1, 2016, may continue their operation and must fully satisfy the conditions prescribed in this Decree as from July 1, 2019.

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