|An illustration of an international passenger port on Phu Quoc Island. The construction of the work began on Wednesday and is scheduled for completion in January 2017. Once operational the port would facilitate transportation and pave the way for socio-economic development of Phu Quoc Island District. — Photo phuquoc.gov.vn
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Construction of an international passenger port that can accommodate giant cruise liners carrying 5,000 - 6,000 passengers and 20,000-tonne cargo ships began on Phu Quoc Island on Wednesday (29 April).
The port is being built on 179.3ha in Duong Dong town with a passenger terminal and other buildings, a wharf, a breakwater, and other facilities.
It will cost VND1.64 trillion (US$76.4 million), with nearly VND477 billion ($22.2 million) coming from the Government and the remainder from other sources.
Vingroup's Phu Quoc Investment and Development JSC will bring in 30 per cent of the investment amounting to VNĐ493 billion and manage the BOT (build-operate-transfer) segment of the port.
Construction is scheduled for completion in January 2017.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said passenger ports played an important role in promoting local tourism around the world.
He said once operational the port would facilitate transportation and pave the way for socio-economic development of Phu Quoc Island District.
The project is expected to promote Phu Quoc's tourism over the world besides providing a host of socio-economic benefits.
Le Khac Hiep, Deputy Chairman of Vingroup's management, said the port showed the effects of the Government and Kien Giang Province's investment policies.
Nguyen Van Dung, director of the province Department of Transport, said, "In addition to the Phu Quoc International Airport and the road networks on the island, the Phu Quoc International Passenger Port is one of the major projects to create impetus for developing Phu Quoc Island into a special economic zone, paving the way for socio-economic development, ensuring security and defence in Kien Giang Province in general and the region in particular. —VNS