The Au Co vessel itself is among the biggest and safest one in Halong Bay. The ship and all equipments are modern and well beyond required standards. Learn more about security onboard then take a tour to the bridge on The Au Co Cruise.
The Captain's Cabin, also known as the Wheel House or Bridge, is a room from which the Captain commands the ship. The Bridge is on the terrace deck, on the side of the ship's bow. It is designed to allow a 360 degree, panoramic view around the ship providing the best view possible.
Different from older ships, The Au Co is a modern cruise ship which uses many kinds of electronic gadgets to assist the wheel with manoeuvring and navigation. We ensure that all equipment onboard The Au Co is up to date and of the highest quality.
On The Au Co cruise, the Bridge is set up with a small bed for when the Captain needs to stay overnight, particularly during bad weather, so we can guarantee rapid responses in the unlikely case of emergency. The Captain on board The Au Co is a highly trained and experienced member of the team who is responsible for the safety of all guests and crew members.
As part of the onboard activities, The Au Co holds a special engine room tour, under the permission of the Captain. Among the many cabins and different areas on board , the engine room is the most important place on the whole ship.
The engine room is situated near the bottom of the ship, covering the area at the end of the ship. The Au Co is powered by two Japanese Yanmar engines which produce a total of 1500 HP (horsepower). The engines are designed to ensure the operation of a steel ship that weighs around 800,000 kilograms. Another compartment in the engine room is for the ship's generators. There are two generators which are capable of providing up to 750 kilowatts of power to keep the ship going. The Japanese Yanmar generators produce all of the electricity on board which is then distributed to the cabins, restaurant, bar and staff areas. In fact, the combined output of a ship's generator is well above the actual power requirement to accommodate maintenance or the loss of one generator.
Our experienced marine engineers routinely work in these spaces to operate the ship and maintain equipment in order to guarantee a safe journey every day. An automatic fire alarm system is installed in engine room in case of emergency. All high pressure fuel delivery lines are jacketed to prevent any possibility of oil leaks. Due to its importance and complexity, the engine room is often seen to be a well guarded secret aboard cruise ships but on board The Au Co, you will have a chance to take an engine room tour where our crew will show you how the ship operates.
The ship was designed by the Industrial Ship Designing Institute. It is inspected annually by the local Maritime Registration Authority and if the ship meets their criteria, they will issue a certificate. Every year, The Au Co passes the test and is certified as a qualified ship . The Au Co is the only steel ship in Halong Bay that meets seafaring standards. Aside from inspections by the authorities, the ship has professional technical supervision on a daily basis and carries out routine maintenance at dry-dock.
With the latest innovations in safety equipment, The Au Co is proud to have a highly skilled and well-trained crew who are trained for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and handling emergency situations. Fire drills are conducted every month. Every crew member is required to obtain a training certificate from the Government. Prior to each cruise, our cruise manager holds a safety briefing detailing our onboard safety procedures and gives clear instructions in case of emergency.
Our crew are not only there to help with emergencies, but to ensure that the ship is secure 24 hours a day. We have dedicated crew members on patrol during the night to make sure there are no unidentified people or items on board . A tour guide will be present for all excursions to ensure our guest's safety. Members of staff will be remain onboard at all times so you can rest assured your belongings will be kept safe and secure.
The Au Co is not only concerned with passengers' safety. While we make every effort to ensure our guest’s safety on board , at the same time, we manage our operation with great consideration for the environment. Our ships are equipped with eco-friendly engines to minimise the negative impact on the area in which we operate. A cruise with The Au Co means you can enjoy the beauty of Halong safe in the knowledge that no harm is done to the local environment.