|The suspension of hydrofoil service between HCM City and Vung Tau will affect some 12,000 passengers who now have to travel by land instead, the city Department of Transport has said.— Photo baovungtau
HCM CITY (VNS)— The suspension of hydrofoil service between HCM City and Vung Tau will affect some 12,000 passengers who now have to travel by land instead, the city Department of Transport has said.
"Transporters can meet the increasing demand," Tat Thanh Cang, the department's director, said on Tuesday shortly after the suspension was announced.
With a 20km section of the HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway opened to traffic recently, it takes only an hour and 40 minutes to travel from HCM City to Vung Tau by bus, the same as the hydrofoil, he said.
The ban by the HCM City People's Committee followed a blaze aboard a hydrofoil that had been carrying 85 passengers to Vung Tau on Tuesday.
A joint team with officials from the transport department, police, the HCM City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province Port Authorities, and Transport Registration No 6 has been established to inspect safety regulations and compliance by hydrofoil operators.
The team will submit its report to the People's Committee and the Ministry of Transport.
"Vessels in good condition will be allowed to continue their operations while those not in good condition will face a permanent suspension," Cang said.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to prevent a possible oil spill in the Sai Gon River from the sunken hydrofoil, which has yet to be salvaged. — VNS