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HCMC set to launch high-speed ferry service to Con Dao by year-end

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has worked with relevant agencies on a plan to launch a high-speed ferry service from HCMC to Con Dao.

According to the department, this high-speed ferry service will significantly contribute to the development of waterway transportation and tourism between HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

The initiative aligns with the prime minister’s directives and showcases the joint efforts of the authorities in HCMC and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to advance inter-regional transportation projects and enhance inland waterway travel between the two regions.

Bui Hoa An, vice director of the HCMC Department of Transport, emphasized the vital role of the express ferry service as it not only caters to the travel needs of residents but also boosting transportation, tourism, and the preservation of the regions’ cultural and historical heritage.

Incorporated into HCMC’s waterway development plan for 2023 to 2025, the high-speed ferry service is on track. Thus, the HCMC Department of Transport has urged collaborating agencies to work closely with Phu Quoc Express Joint Stock Company, the operator of the boat service, to address any obstacles the enterprise may face.

“The HCMC People’s Committee and relevant departments are committed to supporting the enterprise in removing hindrances during the service launch. The ferry service between HCMC and Con Dao is expected to be operational by September 2023, or no later than the end of the year,” said the vice director of the department.

With a passenger capacity of 1,000 per trip, the ferry will cover 230 kilometers in approximately five hours, traveling from Hiep Phuoc port in Nha Be District to Ben Dam port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

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