|Japan hands over the second of the six-ship fleet to Viet Nam during a ceremony held in Hai Phong. — Photo courtesy of the Japanese Embassy
HA NOI (VNS) — The Japanese government has provided Viet Nam another ship as part of its non-refundable aid to ensure Viet Nam's maritime safety.
Under the project, six ships are to be delivered to Viet Nam this year by the Japanese government, the Envoy-Head of the Economic Board of the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam said at the hand-over ceremony in the northern port city of Hai Phong.
HAYATO is the first of these ships to be delivered to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department but is the second delivery overall. The first ship was delivered to the Viet Nam Marine Police in February, Nagai said.
The four remaining ships will be delivered to Viet Nam later this year, he added.
HAYATO is 56.13m long and 9m wide, with a gross tonnage of 1,079 tons.
Built in 1993 in Japan, the ship can accommodate 49 crew members.
Before being delivered to Viet Nam, the ship was carefully evaluated for maritime capability and reliability, according to a press release from the Japanese Embassy.
After being converted and equipped for fisheries control, the ship will be used by Vietnamese fisheries surveillance forces to patrol, control and enforce fisheries-related laws at sea.
The aid package is being implemented in accordance with an agreement between the two countries, where the Japanese government will provide aid worth JPY500 million (US$4 million) in the fiscal year 2014 to help Viet Nam strengthen its maritime safety.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, extended his sincere thanks to the Japanese government and the Japan International Cooperation System for the non-refundable aid and affirmed that Viet Nam will use the HAYATO effectively and for the right purposes. — VNS