Friday, 19 Jan 2018

Trip boats carrying under 50 passengers are extended in Han River

Updated at Friday, 12 Jan 2018, 11:52
The Hanoitimes - Da Nang People`s Committee to allow the trip boats carrying under 50 passengers are extended in Han River to Tran Thi Ly Bridge until 31 August.
Da Nang city’s Han River.
Da Nang city’s Han River.
Since September 1, the trip boats carrying under 50 passengers have to stop transporting in Han River to Tran Thi Ly Bridge route. Meanwhile, the trip boats currently operating on the Han River will be required to be equipped with an automatic identification system (AIS), which is an automatic tracking system used for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. 
On August 28, 2017, the Da Nang People’s Committee decided to open three new passenger transportation routes on the Han River, all beginning and ending at the Han River Port.
The first route, from Han River Port to Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Thuan Phuoc Bridge and back to the port, operates from 7.30am to 10.30pm daily, ending at 11pm on weekends and holidays.
The second one departs from the port and stops at the Thuan Phuoc Bridge and Son Tra Peninsula before returning to the port, running from 7.30am to 5.30pm. The final route also takes in Thuan Phuoc Bridge before stopping at Sung Co Beach and Chao Islet before coming back to port from 7.30am to 5.30pm.
To operate on the routes, boats must be certificated by Vietnam Register that they are qualified for travel in waters with waves of two metres and can travel on both river and sea. Each boat can carry 30 – 250 passengers. Boat crews must have licences and certificates.
After the Thao Van 2 boat accident, the central city’s authorities have tightened management on the Han River. On June 4, 2016, the Thao Van 2 boat, carrying 56 people (three crew members and 53 passengers, including four Malaysians) capsized in the river between the Han Bridge and Thuan Phuoc Bridge just five minutes after leaving the pier. Fifty-three people were rescued and three died.
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