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Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau ferry resumes operation following 6-month hiatus

Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau ferry resumes operation following 6-month hiatus

Monday, December 13, 2021, 14:54 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City-Vung Tau ferry resumes operation following 6-month hiatus
A ferry is operating along the Can Gio-Vung Tau route on January 4, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Waterway transport services between Ho Chi Minh City and the southern beach city of Vung Tau have resumed after being suspended for nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A representative of Quoc Chanh Company, developer of the Can Gio-Vung Tau Ferry, confirmed on Sunday that the service had been put back into operation.

However, the ferry route will be operated at only 50 percent of capacity as Vung Tau is now classified as a high-risk locality, or orange zone, the representative continued, adding that ticket prices will remain unchanged.

The 15-kilometer ferry route connects Tac Xuat Wharf in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City with Vung Tau Inland Waterway Port in Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

A journey takes approximately 30 minutes, and each ferry can carry an average of 350 passengers, 20 automobiles, and 100 motorbikes.

The ferry service welcomed its first passengers on January 4.

GreenlinesDP Technology Company also announced that its express boat service between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau will resume operation on December 15.

There will be four trips per day during weekdays and eight journeys per day on weekends.

Due to the serious COVID-19 pandemic, waterway transport services between Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau were suspended on June 20.

On October 20, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport proposed that such services be resumed to meet the travel demands of local people.

However, the proposal required consensus from authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the hardest-hit locality since the fourth outbreak struck the country on April 27, with more than 487,200 cases recorded.

More than 6.8 million out of nine million people in the metropolis have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has documented nearly 21,800 cases in this bout.

Nearly 93 percent of the province’s adult population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and over 76 percent have been jabbed twice, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.

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