HCMC – People in HCMC can now travel to the neighboring province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau by sea, as waterway passenger transport services linking the two localities have resumed after nearly half a year of suspension due to the coronavirus.
Quoc Chanh Company, which operates the ferry service on the route between the city’s outlying district of Can Gio and Vung Tau, resumed operations on the route yesterday, December 12.
As Vung Tau City is now at high risk of Covid transmission, equivalent to Level 3, Quoc Chanh company is operating the ferry service at 50% capacity as regulated by the Ministry of Transport and in line with the HCMC Transport Department’s guidelines.
A representative of the company added that only one ferry trip is operated every hour, with unchanged ticket prices. The frequency of the trips will be adjusted based on the Covid situation in these two southern localities.
The Can Gio-Vung Tau high-speed ferry route is around 15 kilometers, starting from the Tac Suat station in HCMC’s outlying district of Can Gio to Vung Tau City. Each trip will take about 30 minutes.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, each ferry trip could transport an average of 350 passengers, 20 cars and 100 motorcycles. Further, the company operated 24 trips per day, with the ferry running every 60 minutes.
Besides, the high-speed boat service between HCMC’s center and Vung Tau will resume on Wednesday, December 15, according to Tran Song Hai, general director of Greenlines DP Technology Company, operator of the high-speed boat service on the route.
There will be four daily trips on weekdays and eight daily trips on weekends. Greenlines DP will operate the service in line with the authorities’ Covid-safe guidelines, Hai said.