|The province cannot provide safe anchorage for many of its 2,200 fishing boats. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyet
QUANG TRI (VNS) — As the stormy season approaches, a lack of safe shelter for fishing boats worries seamen in the central province of Quang Tri.
The province cannot provide safe anchorage for many of its 2,200 fishing boats. Some shelters are being built, but at present they provide little protection.
Vessels that cannot find safe shelter can be quickly damaged by raging seas and strong winds.
Director of the Quang Tri Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Van Bai, said the department would search for more sources of funding so it could complete more shelters.
Vo Thanh Khiem, a fisherman from Cua Viet Town in Gio Linh District, said ship shelters in his region were few and didn't meet local needs.
He said he had to anchor his ship 3km from his house, out in the elements at the foot of Gio Mai Bridge.
Nguyen Van Binh, another seaman from the town, said that Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts shared the Trieu An shelter in Trieu An Commune, but it was too small to hold all the boats.
Binh said that at most, only seven ships could be sheltered. "Arguments occur because boat owners fight each for safe space," he said.
Trieu An's 34ha-shelter was started in 2010, and so far has cost VND82.6 billion (US$3.9 million). It was designed to contain 250 boats, but, to date, can hold no more than 70.
The Cua Tung boat shelter project in Vinh Linh District was approved in 2010, but is still no completed. Construction is expected to continue next year.
Nguyen Truong Ki, chairman of the Cua Viet People's Committee, said that during the storm season, ships from other provinces came to Cua Viet desperately seeking shelter, often without any luck. — VNS