|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Netherlands Ambassador in Viet Nam, and officials from the defence ministry, the Viet Nam Coast Guard Force and the Song Thu Shipyard Corporation attend a ceremony organised to launch a multi-purpose vessel, CBS 8005, for the Viet Nam Coast Guard Force, in Da Nang yesterday. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh
DA NANG (VNS) — The defence ministry and the Song Thu Shipyard Corporation launched a multi-purpose vessel, CBS 8005, for the Viet Nam Coast Guard Force at a ceremony yesterday.
It's the second ship that the Da Nang-based corporation has built for the Coast Guard Force to improve law enforcement on the sea. The building of the vessel took 12 months.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highly appreciated the efforts taken by workers and staff of Song Thu Corporation, and the support and co-operation extended by the Netherlands government and Dutch shipyard firm Damen Group.
"The launch of the ship today marks the growth and development of the military industry, the local ship building industry and the Coast Guard Force. It will help to develop the marine economy, while fostering protection of the country's sea and islands," Phuc said.
"I express my thanks to the Netherlands government and the experts and engineers from the Damen Group for ensuring support and technology transfer in the ship-building industry," he said.
He said the ship was one of seven large vessels the government had invested in to build a powerful Viet Nam Coast Guard Force by 2020.
He said the Coast Guard Force should give top priority to the country's sovereignty over the sea and islands, marine security, law enforcement on the sea, and fighting criminals and drug traffickers as well as search and rescue efforts on the sea.
The Coast Guard Force and the Song Thu ship-building firm, he said, should seek funds from different sources outside the state budget to develop a powerful fleet to deal with increasing complications and tensions in the East Sea.
The CSB 8005 ship, which is 90.5m long and 14m wide, is the most modern convenience ship capable of carrying 2,200 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and working 40 days and nights over 5,000km.
It has a helipad and a maximum speed of 21 nautical miles per hour. The ship can handle even the ninth wave and grade 12 winds (118km-132km per hour).
The Deputy PM also witnessed the signing of a contract between the Song Thu Corporation and the Damen Group for the building of four Azimuth Stern-Drive Tug (ASD) ships for export to the European market.
Last year, the local ship–building firm launched four tug-ships for the Viet Nam Coast Guard.
The Da Nang-based corporation, which is a major ship-builder in Viet Nam, has built more than 40 vessels for export, including fast crew supply ships, rescue ships, salvage tugs and drive tugs, besides patrol boats, for the Middle East, South America, Europe and South Africa, as well as the domestic market. — VNS