JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

$1.2mn locally-made water bus launched, ready for Saigon route

Monday, September 04, 2017, 18:00 GMT+7

A Vietnamese-made express boat has been launched and is expected to be utilized for a river bus route in Ho Chi Minh City.

The 189 Shipbuilding Company under the Ministry of National Defense, in coordination with the Ho Chi Minh City-based GreenlinesDP Company, on Sunday afternoon launched the water bus GreenlinesDP C8, which can carry up to 136 people.

The boat was designed and manufactured by engineers from 189 Company at a factory in the northern city of Hai Phong.

The vessel is 25 meters long, seven meters wide and can reach a maximum velocity of 26 nautical miles per hour.

Leaders of the military-owned 189 Shipbuilding Company and the Ho Chi Minh City-based GreenlinesDP Company pose during the launching ceremony. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Leaders of the military-owned 189 Shipbuilding Company and the Ho Chi Minh City-based GreenlinesDP Company pose during the launching ceremony. Photo: Tuoi Tre

With material and equipment imported from foreign countries, the expenditure to build the ship is about US$1.2 million, one-third of what it costs to import an entire boat.

The design of the speedboat limits vibration and wave generation during its operation, minimizing potential sea-sickness for passengers.  

According to Tran Song Hai, general director of GreenlinesDP, this is the third shipbuilding order that the firm has made with 189 Company.

Passenger seats on the GreenlinesDP C8. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Passenger seats on the GreenlinesDP C8. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The express boat is expected to be put into operation next month, which will serve the transport of passengers along the river bus route connecting downtown Ho Chi Minh City with outlying Can Gio District, Hai stated.

Each journey will take approximately one hour and 15 minutes, with fare ranging from VND180,000 ($5) to VND200,000 ($9) per passenger, the general director added.

As part of future deals between the two firms, more vessels will be built to facilitate transportation from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Islands off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and from Phan Thiet City to Phu Quy Island in south-central Vietnam.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! 

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news