• Short Summary

    The first passenger ship to travel between North and South Vietnam since the signing of the Reunification Agreement last month, arrived in Saigon last week (2 December)
    It was the 138-metre long Thong Nhut which carried about 650 passengers and 130 crew members travelling from Haiphong harbour to Saigon.

  • Description

    The first passenger ship to travel between North and South Vietnam since the signing of the Reunification Agreement last month, arrived in Saigon last week (2 December)
    It was the 138-metre long Thong Nhut which carried about 650 passengers and 130 crew members travelling from Haiphong harbour to Saigon.

    The journey is the first visible sign that a return to normal traffic is underway in Vietnam. But while shipping has resumed, other forms of transport, such as road and rail, will require major reconstruction before they can function normally again.

    The Reunification Agreement between the governments of the North and South was signed last month,almost seven months after the pro-United States regime of former President Nguyen Van Thieu fell to the procommunist forces of the Vietcong. The war between opposing groups in the south had lasted almost 25 years.

    Other steps under the agreement include plans for a general election, which could be held within the next six months.

    Officials have said that officers and civil servants of the former anti-communist regime would be eligible for the election and would have full voting rights when they completed re-education courses.

    The re-opening of transport links will mean that another part of the agreement ... that all Vietnamese may travel freely between the two areas ... will also come into effect.

    SYNOPSIS: The first results of the recent Reunification Agreement between North and South Vietnam are now becoming noticeable. This ship, the Thong Nhut, is the first to carry passengers between Haiphong and Saigon since the agreement was signed. And its journey signals the re-opening of shipping links.

    Part of the agreement aims at allowing Vietnamese to travel freely between the two areas. And for many of the six hundred and fifty passengers aboard the Thong Nhut, the journey meant a reunion with families in the Saigon area.

    The cost of the voyage varied from fifty-eight to thirty-one American dollars.

    But although the shipping has now resumed, other transport links will take longer to restore. A major stretch of the Saigon to Hanoi railway line has been re-opened but a tremendous amount of repair work must be effected before the first trains make the journey between the two cities.

    The Reunification Agreement was signed last month...almost seven months after the pro-United States regime of former President Nguyen Van Thieu fell to pro-communist Vietcong forces. The war between opposing groups in the south lasted almost twenty-five years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9W7E8AFXUKEWQB6XZM5HPW6X8
    Media URN:
    VLVA9W7E8AFXUKEWQB6XZM5HPW6X8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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