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The speedboat, measuring 47m in length, can carry up to 600 passengers and shorten travel time between Soc Trang and Con Dao to 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Designed and built by Company 189 of the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, it satisfies European standards and can run at a maximum speed of 35 nautical miles per hour.
Ngu Thi Dieu Binh, Deputy General Director of Phu Quoc Express, said the speedboat is equipped with satellite navigation and international hydro-meteorological forecasting systems, and other modern devices.
The speedboat will depart from Tran De port at 8:30 and return to Soc Trang from Dam Wharf on Con Dao Island at 12:30 daily.
The launch of the vessel marks the development of the local transport network, while bringing western provinces closer to the island.
Two years ago, a speedboat named SuperDong Kien Giang was also launched from Soc Trang to Con Dao.