Da Nang launches first steel-hull ship built under Decree 67

Friday, 2016-03-11 11:43:46
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The VND18 billion fishing vessel was launched in Da Nang on March 10. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – The first steel shell fishing vessel build in Da Nang under the government Decree No. 67 offering preferential loans for facilitating offshore fishing was officially launched on March 10.

Fisherman Tran Van Muoi in Man Thai ward, Son Tra district is the ship’s owner. It was built with a total investment of VND18.4 billion (US$828,000), of which the fishermen contributed VND1 billion and the rest came from bank loans.

Named An Nam with identification number of ĐNa - 90777 TS, the vessel measures 31m long and 7.5m wide, with 4m high of draft, a capacity of 822CV, and a 200 high pressure sodium light bulb system.

The ship has a crew of 20 fishermen on board. Reserve fuel oil can ensure the ship’s continuous operation for 30 days, along with food and fresh water reserves the crew can use for a month.

Sharing his joy of owning a steel shell ship as dreamed, captain Tran Van Muoi said that previously his family had four wood-hulled vessels and he has added a solid steel shell vessel with modern design and high capacity for long journeys at sea. “This is not just a dream but also aspiration of all fishermen,” Muoi stressed, adding that “and more than that, we will contribute to participate in protecting the sacred sovereignty of the fatherland over sea and islands."

After 18 months since Decree 67 took effect, Da Nang has five ships that have been launched and are being built, including four steel and a wooden hull one.

Records on ship building under the decree are examined by relevant banks before offering loans to assist fishermen in offshore fishing and protecting the maritime sovereignty of Vietnam.