A modern steel fishing vessel was handed over to fishermen in the central province of Quang Ngai on April 10, as part of efforts to promote offshore fishing and catch quality.

It was one of the first six ships of its kind built by the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and also the first transferred to Quang Ngai fishermen, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Pham Truong Tho said.

The 120-tonne vessel, coded Hoang Anh 01, was built at a cost of 6.5 billion VND (309,500 USD). It measures 25.21m long, 7.8m wide and 3.6m high, and can travel 10 nautical miles per hour.

Notably, Hoang Anh 01 is installed with a sonar machine which can detect fish within 3km, helping reduce expenses. It is able to operate non-stop for 2,000 nautical miles and store enough food and water for the crew to stay on board for 30 days.

Tho said in the coming time, the province will provide an additional 21 similar ships for its locals. The move is under a steel fishing vessel building programme approved by the Prime Minister with the aim of raising the capacity of Vietnam’s fishing fleets.-VNA