VietNamNet Bridge - HCM City's residents, travel firms and local authorities all have agreed that it is necessary to develop waterway tourism. However, they still do not know what and how to develop. New tour opened About 50 travelers on Dong Duong (Indochina) sailing ship officially opened the short-distance waterway tourism route along Saigon River, departing from Bach Dang station to the Ham Long craftsmen's village in Thanh My Loi in district 2. Phan Xuan Anh, Chair of Du Ngoan Viet Travel Firm said happily: "Now travel firms have one more new tourism product to introduce to travelers when they come to the city". … [Read more...] about HCM City waterway tourism: there is the ship, but no wharf
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Some fishermen in central Vietnam have invested massive sums to build larger and stronger vessels that can take them to more distant fisheries and protect them from ocean disasters. But such modernization is still just a dream for many other fishermen, most of whom are needy people who still have to take risks for their catches with old wooden boats. Higher incomes Nguyen Minh Vuong, 35, from Binh Dinh Province, possesses one of the most powerful fishing boats in the region, with a 900-CV capacity and 50 ton storage. His boat arrived at Hon Ro fishing port in Nha Trang on July 17, and departed for another trip two days later since “it is the harvest time now,” says Vuong. “I also have to hurry as Chinese boats may encroach on the fishery if we come late,” he adds. Vuong managed to catch 28 tons of ocean tuna during his latest 20-day fishing trip, which yielded a whopping profit for the fisherman. “After excluding expenses, I enjoy a profit of VND800 … [Read more...] about Bigger boats for further sailing, fishermen dream
His name is Huynh Ba, the first seaman on a “no number” ship who explored various ways to carry weapons to the South in early 1959. He was born in Hamlet No3, Hoa Hiep, Hoa Vang, Quang Nam-Da Nang. His home was about one kilometre away from Senior General Nguyen Chon’s home. Because Ba left his family joined the revolutionary force early, (1945) not many people knew him well as a soldier. In 1954, Huynh Ba did not go to the north, he stayed behind. In 1959, Huynh Ba and 4 seamen (in transportation unit of the former Military Zone No 5), Nguyen Xanh, Tam Ky; Tran Muc, Quan Nhai; Huynh Son, Thang Binh; Nguyen Nu, Tu Nghia departed for the North. Ba was appointed boat commander, as well as a secretary of the party committee. From Nam O beach, the five sailors disguised as fishermen catching fish in a boat, in Quang Nam style, sailed for the North to retrieve weapons, disregarding the danger and enemy patrol troops. Nearly a week later, they docked at the Gianh river … [Read more...] about The first “no number” ship seaman
By September 2011, the number of Vietnamese ships that were seized at international ports rose to 83. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang assigned Deputy Minister Nguyen Hong Truong to investigate and suggest solutions. However, by the end of December 2011, solutions were not available, while the number of captured ships soared to 126. Problems with the shipbuilding industry? According to the Vietnam Vehicle Registration Agency, some Vietnamese ships were built in developed countries but they were old and were not maintained well, resulted in serious technical errors and they were seized. Some of them included Golden Light, Lucky Viship, Xitona, Tan Binh 05, Sunny Viship and Blue Viship that were built in the UK and Japan in the 80s. However, some ships which were built by Vietnamese shipyards in 2005-2010 were also captured, such as Vinalines Unity, Sail 36, Dong An 08 - ALCI, Quang Dinh 36, Viet Thaun 68, Truong Phat 01 - ALCI, An Trung 168 and Century Star. It is said … [Read more...] about Why more Vietnamese ships are captured?
When Walter Henry Alderfer learned last month about the Costa Concordia shipwreck off Italy, it brought back bad memories. In April 2007, he, his wife and his daughter were aboard the Sea Diamond cruise ship when it struck a reef off Greece and sank into the Aegean Sea. Screaming passengers fought over life preservers, Alderfer says, and his wife hurt her neck and later needed surgery. Five years later, the family is still seeking redress - and its experience may be instructive for survivors of the Concordia disaster. They turned down an offer of compensation by the owner - Cyprus-based Louis Cruises, a unit of Louis PLC - that included a free voyage. They filed a federal lawsuit in New York but settled for $2,500 - less than his wife's medical expenses and the family's lost belongings, he says - because the tickets required them to sue in Greece. An additional suit in Greece is still dragging on. An attorney for Louis Cruises said many passengers were satisfied with the … [Read more...] about Insight: Laws leave cruise-ship victims at sea