HCMC to operate high-speed canoes from new downtown port

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High-speed canoes will be put into operation at Ho Chi Minh City's newly-opened river port to transport passengers from its downtown to more remote districts, Vietnamnet reported Wednesday.

The newswire quoted Le Huu Chau, general director of the Bridges and Ferry Boats Company under the city's People's Committee, as saying that the canoes, which can carry up to 22 passengers, will run from Thu Thiem Port in District 1 to distant districts such as Can Gio and Cu Chi.

The company is seeking cooperation with another company to operate the service and aims to develop routes to the Mekong Delta provinces as well, Chau said at the opening ceremony of the Saigon River's port on Tuesday.

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The port was built to transport tourists and goods after Thu Thiem ferry station, which operated across the Saigon River, was closed on December 31 last year.

The century old ferry station's closure came after the launch of a bridge in January 2010 and a cross-river underwater tunnel on November 20, 2011.

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