The Vietnam fisheries surveillance force received a new patrol ship, the most modern of its kind in Vietnam so far, at a ceremony on July 30 in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The 90.5m-long ship, coded KN-782, was built by the Ha Long Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. since October 2012.

It has a displacement of 2,500 tonnes and a maximum speed of 21 nautical miles per hour. The vessel is also equipped with large fuel and water storages, modern rescue and medical equipment along with other advanced features.

Vice Chairman of the Quang Ninh People’s Committee Do Thong said a powerful fisheries surveillance force will help better safeguard the nation’s sovereignty and support fishermen at sea.

On June 30, the Ha Long company handed over the ship KN-781 with similar design features to the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department.-VNA