|The 1,000 tonne ship, HAYATO, will be used by the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Force to patrol, control and enforce fishery-related laws at sea. — Photo www.vnexpress.net
HAI PHONG (VNS) — Viet Nam yesterday received a ship from the Japanese government as part of its non-refundable aid for the country to ensure maritime safety.
A ceremony was held yesterday to hand over the ship in Viet Nam's northern Hai Phong port city.
The ship, named HAYATO, is 56 meters long and nine meters wide, with a gross tonnage of 1,079 tonnes. The ship will be used by the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Force, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to patrol, control and enforce fishery-related laws at sea.
Built in 1993 in Japan, the ship was repaired and properly equipped before it was handed to Viet Nam.
The ship is one of the three ships in the aid package worth 500 million Japanese yen (nearly US$4 million). The other two ships are scheduled to be handed over to Viet Nam later this year by the Japan International Cooperation System.
Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the country would use the ship in the most effective manner with respect to its specific function, as it had pledged to Japan previously.
During the visit to Viet Nam of Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, on August 1, 2014, the two countries signed an agreement for Japan to provide Viet Nam with six used vessels and the necessary equipment for ensuring maritime security through an aid package worth US$4 million.—VNS