The first express boat traversing Ben Tre – My Tho – Vung Tau, Greenlines DP K7, was brought into operation on Sunday.
The limited maritime transport company Greenlines DP officially opened the two-way express boat Ben Tre – My Tho – Vung Tau in the morning.
This marks the very first waterway route from Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in southeastern Vietnam to the southwestern region.
Tran Song Hai, general director of Greenlines DP, stated on the opening day that due to the remarkable achievements of the national U23 soccer team at the AFC U23 Championship in China, the company had decided on a 50 percent discount for tickets during the first ten days in operation.
Vietnam finished second at the tournament to the excitement of the whole country, after narrowly losing 1-2 to Uzbekistan in the finale on Saturday.
The express boat will stop at three terminals: at Rach Mieu Wharf, Ben Tre Province; at My Tho Cruise Terminal, My Tho City, Tien Giang Province; and finally at Ho May, Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
|Nguyen Hong Linh (L), secretary of the Party Committee of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, gives flowers to Tran Song Hai, general director of Greenlines DP, as the first express boat safely docks at Vung Tau on January 28, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
There will be four trips operating every day, however, there are only two trips available for the time being, according to Hai.
The first trip departs from Ben Tre at 7:30 am, while the return trip departs from Vung Tau at 4:15 pm.
Each trip is expected to take about 2 hours and 15 minutes, compared to four hours by land.
Greenlines DP also operates another express boat on the route Ho Chi Minh City – Can Gio – Vung Tau departing from Bach Dang Wharf, District 1, stopping at Thanh An Terminal, Can Gio District, and docking at Ho May, Vung Tau City.
There are four trips from District 1 to Can Gio District and eight trips from Can Gio District to Vung Tau City, costing VND200,000 (US$8.78)/ticket/person.
People living in Can Gio, as well as commuters, enjoy a 50 percent discount while the disabled travel for free.
Hai uttered his company’s future plan of express boats connecting the mainland with the distant islands such as Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Tau – Con Dao Island, Rach Gia City (Kien Giang Province) – Phu Quoc Island, Phan Thiet City (Binh Thuan Province) – Phu Quy Island, Quang Ngai Province – Ly Son Island, and others.