|Ca Mau Province will tighten the monitoring and examination of waterway vessels to improve safety. — Photo baocamau.com.vn
CA MAU (VNS) — The southernmost Ca Mau Province plans to invest in and improve its waterway network to ensure better traffic safety, Vice-Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Duong Tien Dung has said.
Dung said the waterways played an important role in transportation because of the large number of rivers and canals there.
The province has 138 major waterways with a total length of about 1,811km, besides 7,230km of rivers that can be used to transport farm products and goods made by local residents.
About 70,000 vehicles use the province's inland waterways. However, only 56,000 waterway vehicles have been registered and their roadworthiness examined.
The province reported 58 waterway accidents that killed 46 people and injured 17 between 2011 and the middle of 2015.
Nguyen Thanh Bang, chief secretary of the province's Road Safety Committee, said poor waterway infrastructure and low public awareness threatened the safety of people and vehicles.
Fishermen left their equipment along local rivers and canals, posing danger to traffic, Bang said.
Illegal ferry stations and overcrowded boats without safety equipment were also major problems on the waterways.
Local resident Doan Van Nghiep, from the province's Ngoc Hien District, said he knew the local waterway very well, but was still afraid of obstacles such as fishing nets being left in the canals by other people. — VNS