HCMC – The ferry route linking HCMC’s outlying district of Can Gio and neighboring Vung Tau City is expected to be launched on September 2.
Bui Hoa An, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport, noted that the 15-kilometer ferry route will be put into service in early September instead of early April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Quoc Chanh Ltd will operate the ferry route, with a single trip expected to take 30 minutes. Currently, travel between Can Gio and Vung Tau is only possible by road and takes over three hours and 30 minutes, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
Ferries on the route can accommodate over 250 passengers, 100 motorcycles and 15 cars or trucks, with 24 trips expected per day.
The ferry route will also benefit local people in Long An and Tien Giang provinces as it will take them only two hours and 30 minutes to travel to Vung Tau using the new waterway route compared with using the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway.
Aside from saving on travel time, ferry passengers can enjoy the scenery along Rung Sac Road and visit tourist sites in Can Gio.
An noted that Quoc Chanh has proposed a ferry ticket price of VND50,000 per trip. However, the pricing must be reported to the municipal Department of Finance for consideration and then reported to the HCMC People’s Council.
The ferry terminals are under construction, and work on some transporter bridges is complete, remarked the deputy director of the municipal department.
The Can Gio-Vung Tau ferry route, coupled with the existing routes for Binh Khanh and Can Gio-Can Giuoc, will create more favorable conditions for Can Gio to connect with its neighboring provinces, reduce traffic overload and contribute to HCMC’s socioeconomic and tourism growth, he added.