On June 6th, the new Cat Hai-Phu Long cable car route was inaugurated. The new cable car route connects the mainland peninsula of Cat Hai near Hai Phong with the Phu Long district of Cat Ba, the biggest island in Lan Ha Bay in northern Vietnam.
The 3,955 meter ropeway is suspended by the main concrete towers, which are almost 215 meters in height, and has a maximum capacity of 4,500 passengers one-way. The cable car system has already set a new worlds record, by being built with the world’s tallest ropeway tower.
Austrian cable car specialist Doppelmayr through its joint venture with Swiss ropeway builder Garaventa built the cable car route, with financing by Vietnamese developer Sun Group Corporation, which said it is spending $94.7 million USD on the project.
The cable rope route took a little more than 18 months to build and is a component of the regions tourism development and is expected to boost tourism in Cat Ba Island, home to Lan Ha Bay and ancient fishing villages.
The cable system will significantly facilitate the access to Cat Ba Island and will cut the travel time from Cat Hai Island to Cat Ba Island to nine minutes from the 20 minutes by ferry, which can involve a wait of up to three hours due to congestion. The new cable system will also contribute to the goal of reducing traffic emissions from speedboats and ferries.
The cable car link is supported by two pillars standing 214.8 meters tall each, and this has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest such structure in the world.
Doppelmayr/Garaventa and Sun Group have designed and built several ropeway installations in Vietnam over the last few years, including: The world’s longest tri-cable gondola lift which connects the islands Hon Thom and Phu Quoc, the tri-cable gondola lift with the highest elevation that reaches the highest peak in Vietnam, Mount Fansipan, and the biggest ropeway cabin in the world which has been built for a cable car route in in Ha Long Bay. Visitors to Ba Na Hills outside Da Nang can also reach their destination by using a Doppelmayr/Garaventa ropeway.