Da Nang licenses 29 cruise boats

VietNamNet Bridge – The Da Nang People’s Committee has granted licences to 29 cruise boats to operate on the Han River and on inshore routes in the Son Tra Peninsula for a year (2016-2017).


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A cruise boat docks at a beach in Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang City. The city plans to ban all boats that have less than 50 seats from cruising the Han River. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

The city administration also announced yesterday that from 2018 onwards, it will ban under 50-seat boats, old boats and modified fishing boats from carrying tourists.

The announcement said that relevant agencies and departments had inspected all cruise boats and ships sailing on the Han River, and granted licences to 24 50-seaters and five newly built boats.

The city has asked owners of licensed boats to adopt top safety and quality standards and strictly abide by new, tightened regulations.

The stricter regulations on granting a cruise licence were put in place after three tourists drowned in the Han River last June after their boat capsized..

Investigations found that the boat, which was modified from a fishing boat, was overloaded, carrying 56 tourists, double its allowed capacity. Poor management by the Han Port authority was also blamed for the accident.

The boat did not have permission to offer tours on the Han River, and most passengers were not wearing life-jackets.

The accident was the worst waterway accident in the city’s history.

Around 700 tourists go on night cruises on the Han River everyday. Inshore routes in the Son Tra peninsula are particularly popular during summer holidays.

In related news, the city also announced yesterday it would fine traffic violations caught by cameras installed on several major streets.

Last year, the cameras spotted 62 violations on the city’s Thuan Phuoc Bridge.

        
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