Nearly 90 crew members of a training vessel belonging to the Japan Coast Guard have arrived in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang to commence their four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

The training vessel KOJIMA and its 88-member crew docked at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang City on Thursday morning.

During the welcome ceremony, Ho Ky Minh, vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, stated that the visit would contribute to the enhancement of cooperation between the Vietnam Coast Guard and its Japanese counterpart, thus ensuring regional maritime security and safety. 

The trip also provides an opportunity for both sides to share their experience and boost cooperation and mutual understanding, Minh added.

According to Colonel Hironobu Tonozaki, captain of the KOJIMA, the Japanese crew members wish to contribute to tightening the Vietnam-Japan relationship via various activities during the trip.

During their stay, which runs from July 25 to 28, the Japanese delegation is scheduled visit the Vietnam Coast Guard High Command, the Da Nang Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center, and the Vietnam Coast Guard Zone 2. 

This is the fourth visit to Da Nang the KOJIMA has made since 2013.

Their most recent trip was made in July 2018 as part of a cooperative program run by the two nations’ coast guard units.

The Japanese ship measures 115 meters long and 14 meters wide, and weighs more than 3,100 metric tons.

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