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The Bassac II on Măng Thít early morningThe Bassac

The Bassac are three elegant rides sharing the same standards and mostly differing in size.

 

 

 

The Bassac

Bassac Boat in Mekong River

 

Traditional ship construction

All three Bassac are built of wood according to the tradition of the rice barges of the Mekong delta, with amendments where safety standards require.

Bassac I actually once was a rice barge, which we bought and overhauled into the cozy cabin cruiser it is today, and although Bassac II and III are entirely new hull designs, more adapted to their present purpose, they were built with the same craftsmanship and according to the same tradition.
Cabins

A cabin on boardThe cabins feature soundproofed partitions and double glazing to protect the passengers' sleep from the noises of the river. These partitions are also heat insulated and meant to slow fire in case of an emergency. The access to outside is immediate.

The cabins are scented by Laurent Séverac, perfumer in Hanoi.

We have air-conditioning in all the cabins, with split systems to allow for a quiet night --indeed the boat's equipment themselves are quiet even though some must run all night long.
Utilities and services on board

The Bassac all offer 24-hour power and air-conditioning in cabins fitted with fire detection and fire fighting. A bathroom en suite with every cabin offers hot and cold water all the time.

Bathroom on board the BassacThe galley is suitable to serve refined meals and uphold the best sanitary standards, even for groups of up to twice the bedding capacity of the ship.
Layout principles

The passengers can enjoy privacy on board, as the layout allows the crew to be discreet and offers several living areas so that different groups may make the journey their own.

Wide access to outside while still retaining the capability to serve even in bad weather guarantee a good experience of the Mekong delta.

Their layout and structure make the Bassac quiet enough to allow the passengers to sleep while the ship is under way.

Safety

Safety comes first in the design and operation of the ships. Floatation devices are available for all on  Bassac III exit routesboard and more, redundant alarm and fire detection as well as redundant fire fighting means are present on all the Bassac.

The handrails all around the ship are sturdy and a mesh of rope prevents any kids from falling.

Upon boarding, the passengers are informed of the areas that are open or off-limits to them, and instructed about emergency situations, how to give the alarm and where to meet.


 

Bassac I

Bassac I

The original Bassac, built in the hull of a rice transporting barge, is a cozy ship sized right for a family excursion or a group of friends, who will love to appropriate it for the duration of their journey.

Bassac I is a green ship. It treats its waste water and recycles the waste heat from the engine. It is qualified as a first-class river vessel VR-SI.

The Bassac I en route on Cổ Chiên riverMaximum 12 passengers
4 Twin, with private access and en suite bathroom 2 Double, slightly smaller, with private access and en suite bathroom

24m long, all wood, two passenger decks
Dining room and bar on the main deck
Sundeck at the front upper deck
Dining area at the rear upper deck

Ship     Bassac I
Flag     Việt Nam
Class     VR-SI river cruiser
Displacement     115 metric tons
Length overall     80' / 24m
Beam     18' / 5.50m
Draft     5'4" / 1.80m at half-load
Propulsion     Caterpillar 6L, 14.6l, 400BHP
Navigation     Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy     7 days cruise

Power    
Power production     2 x 20kVA
Standard     220V, 50Hz
Availability     24 hours a day
Alternate power     Heat exchanger on the engine for hot water

Water    
Availability     24 hours a day
Stored water     6 metric tons
Source     City water
Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp

Safety    
Fire detection     Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting     Sprinklers in all cabins
Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices     Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline


Bassac II

Bassac II

The Bassac II at anchor on Măng Thít riverThe Bassac II was designed in-house to meet the demands of river discovery cruises. It harbors redundant propulsion and power generator; river water and waste water treatment, and a professional galley. The Bassac II is registered to navigate into Cambodia.

With a large covered upper deck, a lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.

Maximum 24 passengers
6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
2 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom
2 marine cabins: half again as largeas other cabins, on the marine deck, with a double bed and en suite bathroom

32m long, all wood, three passenger decks
Dining room and bar on the main deck
Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck
Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
Sundeck on the front upper deck

Bassac IIShip     Bassac II
Flag     Việt Nam
Class     VR-SII river cruiser
Displacement     230 metric tons
Registered tonnage     237 GRT
Length overall     105' / 32m
Beam     25' / 7.80m
Draft     4'2" / 1.30m at half-load
Propulsion     2 x Cummins 6L, 12l atmospheric engines, 290BHP, 5000 hours per hour
Navigation     Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy     7 days cruise

Power    
Power production     2 x 35kVA
Standard     220V, 50Hz
Availability     24 hours a day

Water    
Availability     24 hours a day
Stored water     12 metric tons
Source     Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp
City water

Safety    
Fire detection     Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting     Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices     Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline

 


Bassac III

Bassac III

Bassac IIIThe Bassac III was designed in-house and built very similar to the Bassac II, with its lot of small improvements, of which a bar in the rear upper deck.

With a large covered upper deck, a panoramic lounge and wide gangways, it is comfortable and can host a meal for the passengers of two ships. Access on board is broad and steady, and elderly or partly disabled passengers are safe.

Maximum 24 passengers
6 Twin, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
2 Double, main deck, with private access and en suite bathroom
4 Double, upper deck, with en suite bathroom

32.6m long, all wood, two passenger decks
Dining room and bar on the main deck
Lounge cum dining room on the upper deck
bar on the upper deck
Shaded dining area on the rear upper deck
Sundeck on the front upper deck

Ship     Bassac III
Flag     Việt Nam
Class     VR-SI river cruiser
Displacement     230 metric tons
Length overall     108' / 33m
Beam     25' / 7.80m
Draft     4'2" / 1.20m at full load
Propulsion     2 x Cummins 6L, 12l turbocharged engines, 290BHP, 5000 hours per year
Navigation     Can operate by night and in bad weather
Autonomy     7 days cruise

Power    
Power production     2 x 40kVA
Standard     220V, 50Hz
Availability     24 hours a day

Water    
Availability     24 hours a day
Stored water     12 metric tons
Source     Automatic decantation and filtration system with UV lamp
City water

Safety    
Fire detection     Smoke detectors in all cabins
Fire fighting     Redundant pumping system, w/wo electrical power
Fire hydrants, hoses and lances
Fire extinguishers, ABC powder and CO2
Floatation devices     Longboat, life vests, buoys w/wo lifeline

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