Retired maritime training ship leaves Busan for its new mission
The retired naval training ship Hannara, used by the Korea Maritime and Ocean University, left Busan's South Korean port on Tuesday to complete its new mission.
The training ship is expected to arrive at Haiphong Port, Northern Vietnam's largest trading port, in seven days.
The vessel is under the command of a South Korean captain and 11 crew members who will deliver to Vietnam Maritime University and pass on their operational know-how.
The government of South Korea agreed to free transfer of the training ship to Vietnam in a system of official development assistance to help nurture marine seafarers in Vietnam.
Vietnam, which had trouble nurturing marine engineers, requested assistance from South Korea and in 2019 the two countries inked an formal agreement on the transfer of the training ship.
The training ship Hannara has played a key role at Korea Maritime and Ocean University in cultivating high-caliber marine engineers for around 27 years from 1993 to May 2019 when it was retired.
Maritime Business World