|The boat can operate in all weather conditions and travel 3,000 nautical miles in a single trip|
Song Thu Co., an arm of the Ministry of Defense, launched the biggest rescue and tug vessel ever built in Viet Nam in the central coast city of Da Nang yesterday.
The 3,500-hp boat, owned by the Viet Nam Marine Police, can operate in all weather conditions and travel 3,000 nautical miles in a single trip.
Designed and built to European standards, the vessel will be used for search, rescue and salvage operations in the waters off the central coast.
Experts say the boat, no. 9001, can take the roughest seas in its stride for thirty days at a stretch.
Dutch engineers helped to build the vessel, which took 200,000 hours of work.
The same day saw the company inaugurate a boatlift measuring 60 by 18 meters. The first such structure in the country can lift 1,400 tons in 30 minutes.