In January 2019, Ba Ria -Vung Tau Development Investment Fund (BVDIF) granted a loan of VND 55.2 billion (appx. USD 2.39 million) to Phu Quoc Express Joint-stock company (PQE) to finance the Con Dao Express 36 catamaran project. This loan accounts for nearly 70% of total project investment. The loan term will be 6 years with the grace period of 1 year and priority interest rate.

Con Dao Express 36 officially started operation on February 14, 2019 to transfer passenger on Vung Tau – Condao route to serve the increasing needs of local residence as well as tourists to Con Dao island, a well-known travel destination in Vietnam. The ship is considered the biggest and fastest passenger vessel in Vietnam with a capacity of 600 people and a maximum speed of 35 nautical miles per hour, thus reduces the travel time between Vung Tau and Con Dao island to three hours. With high speed catamaran and its quiet and stable deck, Con Dao Express 36 is expected to serve customers with highest safety standards, 5-star on-board service and optimal speed at reasonable price.

Passenger catamarans has been used to transfer passenger to several islands in Vietnam by PQE since late 2017. Con Dao Express 36 is the first catamaran of PQE financed by BVDIF. PQE has other two similar vessels under construction and one of which is planning to use for Vung Tau – Con Dao route next May. All of QPE’s catamarans are build by the 189 One Member Limited Liability Company, one of the leading ship building companies in Vietnam.

The loan offered by BVDIF has longer term period and priority interest rate compared to current long-term loan in Vietnam. It firmly states the Fund’s mission to invest for the local socio-economic development of Ba Ria – Vung Tau province.


Photo 1: Mr. Khanh (center) – BVDIF’s Vice Chairman of the Management Council, Mr. Nguyen – BVDIF’s Director (second from the right) and BVDIF’s managers at the Launching Ceremony of Con Dao  Express 36


Photo 2: Con Dao  Express 36 (red) at Cau Da port (Vung Tau)


Photo 3: Con Dao  Express 36 on operation


Photo 4: VIP cabin on Con Dao Express 36


Photo 5: Normal cabin on Con Dao Express 36

Tran Thi Phuong Thao


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