Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao high-speed boat launched

Monday, 13/05/2024 18:19
A new high-speed boat service between HCMC and Con Dao Island off the southern province Ba Ria - Vung Tau was launched on May 13 to meet the rising tourism demand, said the Vietnam News Agency.
Representatives from agencies and companies at the launching ceremony of the high-speed boat service linking HCM City and Con Dao island. (Photo: plo.vn)

The over-77-m-long and 9.49-m-wide vessel is capable of carrying 1,017 passengers.

With the service, it takes about four hours and 30 minutes to travel between Saigon - Hiep Phuoc port in HCM City and Con Dao, said Bui Hoa An, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Transport.

Seats inside a new high-speed boat (Photo: vnexpress.vn)

One-way ticket prices range between 615,000 VND and 1.1 million VND (24-43 USD), depending on passenger categories and departure time. The service, available three days weekly, is expected to help strengthen the connectivity between HCM City and southeastern provinces.

Currently, it takes about 50 minutes to travel by air between the southern metropolis and Con Dao.

Dien Bien airport serves over 12,000 passengers on victory occasion

Dien Bien airport in the northwestern province of Dien Bien served more than 12,000 passengers from May 1-9, on the occasion of May Day holiday and the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7), said the Vietnam News Agency.

According to the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), in the period, the airport handled 98 civil and 26 military flights.

Thanks to effective safety security protection measures, utmost safety was ensured for all the flights.

A view of Dien Bien airport (Photo: VNA)

The airport applied strengthened security measures from April 27 until May 12, while ensuring good passenger services.

So far this year, Dien Bien has welcomed more than 1 million tourists, including 4,800 foreigners. Total revenue from tourism activities has reached nearly 1.9 trillion VND (74.65 million USD).

Particularly, from April 30 to May 7, the province received over 370,000 visitors, earning over 390 billion VND.

Largest made-in-Vietnam bulk carrier launched

The largest-ever made-in-Vietnam bulk carrier was recently launched by Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Company Limited in the northern port city of Hai Phong, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The 65,000 DWT Truong Minh Dream 01 was built by Vietnamese engineers and workers under the supervision by Japanese NK Registration.

The 65,000 DWT Truong Minh Dream 01 is launched on May 11. (Photo: kinhtedothi.vn)

The 199.99-metre-long ship was designed by the Vietnam Shipbuilding Engineering Company (Visec) and Bluetech Finland Ltd – a specialist in cargo ship design.

According to Nguyen Van Chi, Director of Dong Bac Shipping Industry JSC, the operator of the vessel, it belongs to the most modern class of its kind in terms of resistance, propulsion, fuel consumption, and carbon emissions.

The ship meets stringent requirements of the port administrations in the US, Europe, and Australia, he said.

Vietjet launches its first direct route linking Hanoi, Hiroshima

Viejet opened a direct air route linking Hanoi and Hiroshima on May 12, marking the first of its kind connecting Vietnam and the Japanese prefecture and the eighth of Vietjet between the two countries, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Addressing the launch, Hiroshima Governor Yuzaki Hidehiko said his prefecture boasts close relations with Vietnam as seen in many of its large enterprises running in the Southeast Asian country and a Vietnamese community in Hiroshima.

He added that he hopes the new air route will open up many more opportunities for cultural, economic, and tourism cooperation between the two sides.

Yasuhiro Nakamura, CEO of Hiroshima International Airport, highlighted the special importance of the Hiroshima - Hanoi route of Vietjet as it is the first international air route to this airport to be opened after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first passengers on the Hanoi - Hiroshima air route of Vietjet on May 12. (Photo: VNA)

Yasuhiro expressed his hope that the Vietnamese airline will launch more routes to Hiroshima to expand the connectivity with the southwest of Japan, pledging that the airport and relevant sides will give support to increase flight frequency when travel demand grows.

Deputy General Director of Vietjet Nguyen Duc Thinh said the firm is operating 116 flights per week between Vietnamese cities and leading destinations of Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and now Hiroshima.

It will continue expanding its flight network between Vietnam and Japan to generate more travel chances at low costs for people and tourists between the two countries as well as in the region at large.

Flights on this route last for more than four hours each. There are currently two round-trip flights per week, on every Thursday and Sunday./.

Compiled by BTA