The An Hai Fishing Trade Union in Ly Son district in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai on October 28 was presented a ship worth 5.05 billion VND (237,350 USD) from the Golden Heart Fund of the Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourers) newspaper.

The ship was built with donations the fund received under a national campaign supporting fishermen launched by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL).

Designed and built by the Co Luy Shipbuilding Co-operative in Tu Nghia district, the ship is 20 metres long, 5.50 metres wide and 3.75 metres high. It is installed with a 650HP engine imported from Japan.

Over the past year, the fund implemented many assistance programmes to fishermen in coastal localities nationwide.

It presented 7,500 life-preservers, 3,000 first-aid kits for fishing boats and financial aid worth over 2 billion VND (94,000 USD) to ship-owners who were robbed while operating in offshore waters.

As the first fishing trade union in the country, the An Hai Trade Union operates effectively with the participation of almost 700 members, working on 58 fishing vessels.-VNA