Vietnam Prime Minister has approved funding of more than US$125 million to equip the customs department with a modern fleet of anti-smuggling and sovereignty-support vehicles.
The project will be carried out until 2020, the government said in a statement on its website.
Under the project, the Vietnam General Department of Customs will be furnished with patrol ships, speedboats and oil tankers made in Vietnam.
Boats currently in operation will be upgraded, the statement said.
The PM has asked the department to use the boats effectively for controling and preventing smuggling, in an effort to protect economic security and help with protect national sovereignty.
Some of the deparment's older boats will be sold to help fund the project.