Under the latest directive from the People’s Committee of Northeastern Quảng Ninh province, the transport, loading and unloading of limestone in Hạ Long Bay will be banned starting July 1, 2016. The move was made due to the local government’s concerns about environmental pollution in the bay. However, these activities will still be allowed at Hòn Nét Port in Bái Tử Long Bay.
Deputy Chief of the committee’s office Nguyễn Minh Sơn ordered the Maritime Administration of Quảng Ninh to inform all individuals and organizations transporting and loading commodities in the bay of the decision. The administration was required to report on the situation to the committee every 3 months.
Hạ Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin in Quảng Ninh Province, is about 165km from the Hà Nội capital. Covering an area of 43,400ha, it includes over 1,600 islands and islets. The bay was declared by UNESCO a Natural World Heritage Site for its remarkable beauty and geology.