The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has given its nod to the further operation of a ferry route connecting Ho Chi Minh City’s Can Gio District and Vung Tau City in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau between 4:00 am and 10:00 pm every day after a six-month pilot period.
The department asked Quoc Chanh Co. Ltd., the operator of the ferry, to inform users of the ferry’s operation time.
It should regularly coordinate with wharf management units to ensure safety for ferries and boats at the Ganh Rai Bay at night.
The Ho Chi Minh City Inland Waterway Port Authority will take responsibility for licensing vehicles entering and exiting inland waterway ports on the Can Gio-Vung Tau route.
Relevant units should keep a close watch on the owners of wharves and ferries to report their obstacles to the municipal Department of Transport so that the department can promptly work out solutions.
After a pilot period from January 18 to July 18, the operation of the Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry from 4:00 am to 10:00 pm has proved safety and efficiency and got residents’ support.
Prior to the launch of the Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry, the Binh Khanh Ferry linking Ho Chi Minh City’s Nha Be and Can Gio districts and the Can Gio-Can Giuoc ferry between Can Gio District and Can Giuoc District in neighboring Long An Province have facilitated travel between Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces.
However, these ferries are unable to carry automobiles, which has limited the transport development along these routes.
The Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry has helped ease traffic pressure on the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway.
It reduces the travel time between Can Gio and Vung Tau to 30 minutes from three hours when traveling by road and an hour and 20 minutes when traveling on the previous waterway.
The ferry route welcomed its first passengers in January 2021.