Mai Linh to launch 5 passenger ships on Can Tho-Con Dao route By Le Anh A signing ceremony between Mai Linh Tay Do JSC, a subsidiary of Mai Linh Corporation, and Z189 shipyard, which is operated by the Ministry of National Defense – PHOTO: HOANG MAI HCMC – Mai Linh Tay Do JSC, a subsidiary of Mai Linh Corporation, signed a contract with Z189 shipyard on Thursday to build five passenger ships, worth an estimated VND300 billion, to ply the waters between Can Tho and Con Dao. The ships are expected to start operations on April 30 next year. The ships will be designed as double-hull watercraft, with an average speed of 32 knots and a capacity of up to 339 passengers. In addition to the economy seats, each ship will be equipped with a meeting room, business seats and bars, on par with international standards. During the initial period, there will be at least one daily trip between Can Tho and Con Dao off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. Ships will depart from both wharfs in central Can Tho City and Con Dao, with a trip duration of three hours and 15 minutes. Mai Linh Tay Do plans to continue to invest in and operate similar services on more routes connecting Can Tho with other localities, such as Phu Quoc, HCMC, Chau Doc, Phu Quy Island and Cat Ba Island.