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Tourists to use submarines

Update: July, 26/2015 - 12:00

An engineer is making special submarines.

They will be used to show tourists beautiful things are underwater.

Underwater travel: Engineer Phan Boi Tran and his Yet Kieu submarine at his workshop in HCM City's Binh Tan District.
Underwater travel: Engineer Phan Boi Tran and his Yet Kieu submarine at his workshop in HCM City's Binh Tan District. -  VNS Photo Van Dat

Van Dat

HCM CITY  (VNS)— An overseas Vietnamese, who is well-known in Viet Nam for creating a submarine named Yet Kieu, has received an order from a Thai company to manufacture 300 tourism submarines, following another recent order of 25 submarines from his partner in Malaysia.

Phan Boi Tran, who resides at his workshop in HCM City's Binh Tan District, said a French friend introduced him to the companies, but he declined to reveal their names.

After the previous order of 25 submarines from Malaysia, he received positive feedback from resorts that used his submarine for tourism purposes.

"While my Malaysian partner paid US$2,500 for each submarine, this Thai company agreed to pay US$5,000 for each one. They have signed the contract already," Tran told Viet Nam News.

He said Thailand, with a long coastline and developed tourism industry, is a promising market for submarine tourism.

The engineer said he would need 12 people to help him manufacture the submarines in Thailand.

Initially, he will make four submarines each month. In order to complete the order for 300 submarines, he will need six years. He plans to travel between Thailand and Viet Nam during that time.

"I'm not afraid that the technology will be copied because it is very hard to create these products," he said.

After the first submarines are completed, his Thai partner will introduce the machines to tourism partners in Southeast Asia.

He said his Thai partner had agreed to sign the contract, adding that the French partner will take 30 percent of the contract value.

Each electrically powered submarine is two metres long and 0.8 metre in width, and can carry two people.

The submarine can travel five nautical miles per hour and can stay under water for two hours.

After completing the $1.5-million contract with the Thais, he will seek partners in South America, which has the world's highest growth rate in the tourism industry, according to Tran.

The engineer, who once worked at a submarine manufacturer in France, said that several Vietnamese tourism companies and resorts had asked him about his products, but they had decided not to place an order.

"They feel scared about something that is new. After other countries in the region use the submarines and have success, Vietnamese companies will follow their rivals," Tran said.

The 61-year-old said his long-term goal was to create a small military submarine.

He said he would use money from his inheritance and from sales of the tourism submarines to further develop his Yet Kieu submarine, which has received a lot of press.

"Five years ago, I did not earn any income from selling submarines. When I have enough money, I will resume my military submarine project," he said. — VNS

GLOSSARY

An overseas Vietnamese, who is well-known in Viet Nam for creating a submarine named Yet Kieu, has received an order from a Thai company to manufacture 300 tourism submarines, following another recent order of 25 submarines from his partner in Malaysia.

An overseas Vietnamese is a Vietnamese person who lives outside of the country.

To manufacture something means to produce the product in big numbers.

Phan Boi Tran, who resides at his workshop in HCM City's Binh Tan District, said a French friend introduced him to the companies, but he declined to reveal their names.

To reside in a workshop means to live in a workshop.

To decline to reveal the companies names means to choose not to say which companies they are.

He said Thailand, with a long coastline and developed tourism industry, is a promising market for submarine tourism.

If Thailand is a promising market for submarines there is a chance that many submarines can be sold there.

Initially, he will make four submarines each month. In order to complete the order for 300 submarines, he will need six years.

Initially means "to begin with".

The submarine can travel five nautical miles per hour and can stay under water for two hours.

A nautical mile is a unit in which distance is measured, especially by sailors and pilots. It takes the curved shape of the earth into consideration.

"They feel scared about something that is new. After other countries in the region use the submarines and have success, Vietnamese companies will follow their rivals," Tran said.

Your rivals are the people you most like to compete against.

He said he would use money from his inheritance and from sales of the tourism submarines to further develop his Yet Kieu submarine, which has received a lot of press.

Your inheritance is the possessions and money that your parents pass on to you after they die.

If the Yet Kieu submarine received a lot of press, a lot was written about it in the newspapers, on Internet news sites and a lot may have been said about it over the radio and television.

"When I have enough money, I will resume my military submarine project," he said.

To resume a project means to go back to doing it.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search.

1. A boat that travels underwater.

2. A type of mile measurement used by pilots and sailors.

3. The part of a submarine that measures 0.8 metres.

4. The part of Asia in which you would find Thailand and Vietnam.

5. The country in Europe in which the engineer once worked.

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 1. submarine; 2. nautical; 3. width; 4. southeast; 5. France.

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