The Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance Department has received a ship from Japan as part of its non-refundable aid to the Southeast Asian country to ensure maritime safety. The department, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, organized a ceremony for the handover of the ship, the Hayato, at the Hong Ha Shipbuilding Plant in the northern port city of Hai Phong on Wednesday. The vessel is over 56 meters long and nine meters wide with a gross tonnage of 1,079 metric tons.
Built in 1993 in Japan, the ship has a crew of 49 members. It is furnished with an electric compass, a prow propeller that can rotate 360o, a radar system and a global communications system, among other features. After being converted and equipped properly for fisheries control, the ship will be used by Vietnamese fisheries resources surveillance forces to patrol, control and enforce fisheries-related laws at sea, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The Hayato is the first of three fisheries resources surveillance ships belonging to a Japanese non-refundable aid package for Vietnam. The aid package is being implemented according to a note between the two countries under which the Japanese government provides aid worth 500 million yen (US$4 million) in the fiscal year 2014 to help Vietnam strengthen maritime safety. Under the note, the Japanese government has tasked the Japan International Cooperation System with handing over the three ships to Vietnam. Accordingly, the two remaining vessels will be delivered to the Southeast Asian country later this year. Speaking at the ceremony, Vu Van Tam, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, extended his deep thanks to the Japanese government and the Japan International Cooperation System for the non-refundable aid and affirmed that Vietnam will use the Hayato effectively and for the right purposes.