HA NOI – Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) has begun a VND120 billion (US$5.7 million) pilot project to switch from building wooden vessels to steel covered ships, said Dinh Khac Minh, director of the Shipbuilding Science and Technology Institute.
The Government recently approved the pilot project which is expected to construct about 24,500 vessels at Vinashin's factories which are located in the southern city of Cam Ranh, central Nghe An Province and HCM City.
The vessels would be equipped with modern technology which was expected to boost the seafood industry and lower the unemployment rate, said Minh. The new vessels would also guarantee the quality of seafood and help prevent the food from being damaged during long fishing trips.
Construction of wooden vessels will cease because they pollute the water environment and kill marine habitats, while stainless steel vessels help protect the environment with their up-to-date technology and are affordable, costing only slightly more than their wooden counterparts. Each steel vessel will cost about VND4,5 billion (US$210,000) to construct and have a lifespan of about 20 years.
The first 22 steel vessels produced under the project will operate out of the central province of Quang Ngai. – VNS