The Vietnam Coast Guard has received a high-speed patrol boat worth 12 billion VND (570,000 USD) which will be of use infighting crimes and protecting fishermen at sea.

The PetroVietnam Fertiliser and Chemical Corporation paid for the vehicle and presented it to the Coast Guard Zone 3 stationed in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on May 12.

Equipped with two 600 horsepower engines, the boat is able to travel as far as 32 nautical miles per hour and can seat 12 people, including two sailors and 10 passengers.

It was put on a trial run in February.

The Coast Guard Zone 3 has been assigned to train sailors in operating the boat.-VNA