Installing ICOM devices for a fishing boat (Source: VNA)
Binh Thuan (VNA) – As many as 747 ICOM radio devices have been offered to fishermen from 24 coastal localities nationwide at a ceremony held in the southern central province of Binh Thuan on December 21 under the programme “East Sea connectivity”.

Initiated by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC), Radio The Voice of Vietnam and the Vietnam Television, the programme calls for domestic and foreign aid to equip nationwide fishermen with telecommunications devices.

It has raised over 9.5 billion VND (418,000 USD) and 50 sets of ICOM and SeaGateway devices so far.

VRC Vice Chairman Doan Van Thai said the charitable activity is to support fisherman in keeping close watch on the weather, enabling them to contact the mainland as needed during offshore fishing operations, thus ensuring their safety.

Previously, the programme gave 25 SeaGateway and 25 ICOM devices worth 762 million VND (33,500 USD) to fishermen in the provinces of Quang Ninh and Quang Nam and Da Nang city.-VNA