The Ha Long Shipbuilding Co. Ltd began construction on a platform supply vessel PSV 3300 for the Netherlands’s Damen Shipyard Group in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on March 10.

The ship, designed by Damen, specialises in servicing offshore oil rigs and is able to serve fire fighting and oil collection purposes.

The vessel, 80 metres long and 16.2 metres wide, has a 728-square-metre main deck and deadweight of 3,500 tonnes. It can travel at 13.5 nautical miles per hour and operate continuously for 28 days at sea.

It is said to own preeminent features and only a limited number of shipbuilders in the world are capable of building this PSV 3300 series.

In December 2014, the Ha Long Company, an affiliate of the State-owned Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), completed the construction of four tugs for the Damen Group.

The Dutch company formally began its cooperation with SBIC, formerly known as Vietnam Shipbuilding Corporation or Vinashin, over a decade ago.-VNA