HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) has delivered an upgraded fishing vessel to the coastal central province of Nghe An.
The vessel is the eighth of its kind, and is part of a Government programme to boost fisheries development and help fishermen to build high-capacity boats designed for offshore fishing.
The 26m long and 6.8m wide vessel is covered in iron instead of wood, and has eight storage compartments for fish, water and minerals.
It has an operating capacity of 10 miles per hour and is equipped with modern marine technology including a magnetic compass, GPS and sonar.
SBIC Deputy General Director Ngo Tung Lam said that two ship building companies in Song Do and Nha Trang would undertake the construction of more new vessels.
The two companies have already delivered seven vessels to fishermen in the provinces of Nam Dinh, Quang Binh, Thai Binh, Nghe An, Vung Tau and Quang Ngai.
Earlier on Tuesday, the SBIC also delivered a cuttlefish catching vessel to Nguyen Quoc Trong, a fisherman from Nghe An Province. The vessel is capable of carrying 20 fishermen on long offshore trips.
The new vessel is equipped with a 650HP engine, four electric generators and modern communications systems.
It is also equipped with 140 high powered lights to attract cuttlefish.
Speaking at a meeting with the SBIC, Trong said he was more than happy with the quality of the new vessel.
"I have been working as an offshore fisherman on wooden boats since 2003. This is the first modern iron boat I have ever owned," said Trong.
Although the new boat had a projected lifespan of 20 years, it was still difficult for fishermen to pay back 10 per cent of the construction cost to the Government, he explained, adding that he was hoping for more financial support as cited in Government Decree 67/2014/ND-CP.
The decree, issued last July, outlines basic policies to boost the fisheries industry. — VNS