Building more vessels for Fisheries Surveillance Force

The Prime Minister has decided to invest US$200 million in building four more large-scale vessels for the Fisheries Surveillance Force to allow them to better carry out their law enforcement missions in the country’s waters and supporting Vietnamese fishermen.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the investment decision at a June 4 working session with key officials of ministries, agencies and the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), following an inspection of a new large-sized ship built by Ha Long Shipyard for the force.

The ship, named KN-781, has a displacement of more than 2,000 tonnes, and is one of the largest patrol ships in the country. It will be handed over to the Fisheries Surveillance Force this month.

The Ha Long Shipyard is also putting final touch on another similar vessel for the force, which will be transferred in July.

The PM also agreed to the building of an additional 15 medium-scale ships, bringing the expected number of fisheries surveillance vessels to more than 50 in total, thus allowing the force to better perform its law enforcement and and rescue missions at sea.