The Damen Group from the Netherlands and the local Song Thu Shipyard Corporation have begun building two Stan patrol ships, SPA 5009, for export to Venezuela.

The large patrol vessels, which will be fully equipped for patrol duties in harbours, coastal waters and offshore areas, are the second export contract signed with Venezuela this year.

The Da Nang-based shipbuilder started building the two Stan patrol ships in April.

Last year, Song Thu and the Damen Group also started construction work on a dredging ship, TSHD2000, the first for Russia's Rosmorport Company.

The shipyard corporation, which is a major shipbuilder in Vietnam, has built 24 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 the domestic market, with an annual export volume of 55 million USD.-VNA