07/08/2019 09:22 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Ho Chi Minh City plans Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry services

Ho Chi Minh City plans to open a ferry route linking Can Gio district and Vung Tau city to ease heavy traffic congestion on roads in the city, especially those which are prone to traffic jams.


The ferry services are expected to reduce  traffic congestion on the roads connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. Photo: Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has finished surveying the Can Gio - Vung Tau waterway route, and is expected to offer the ferry services later this year.

The Department will soon submit to the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee a plan to operate the ferry. Once approved, the Department will choose a competent investor for operating the ferry.

Can Gio is an outlying district of Ho Chi Minh City while Vung Tau is a popular beach city in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, which is around 120km east of the southern hub.

It would take 30 minutes to travel by ferry over the 15km between Can Gio and Vung Tau.

The ferry is estimated to be 43.45 meters long, weigh 103 metric tons, and accommodate 350 passengers, 150 motorbikes, 20 cars, and other vehicles. 

The municipal transport department, the Can Gio People’s Committee, and the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Department of Transport have discussed plans and surveyed the route many times to prepare for offering the ferry services.
 
The Tac Suat ferry station in Can Gio is now available for such services so it would be used first to gauge its effectiveness, before any other facility could be built, said Ha Thanh Son, head of the waterway travel bureau under the department.

Currently, there is too much travel on the roads connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau, leading to severe congestion. 

Tuoi Tre News/ VNP