|Tuan Chau International Port will receive passenger ships from January, 1, 2016.—Photo Tuan Chau Group
QUANG NINH (VNS) — Bai Chay tourist port will cease operations from January 1, 2016, and all ships will be moved to Tuan Chau international port, a Quang Ninh Province official said yesterday.
Ship owners licensed to operate tourist activities at Bai Chay, Hon Gai Port -Vinashin would suspend operations on January, 1, 2016, Deputy Chairman of the northern Quang Ninh Province's People's Committee Le Quang Tung said.
All tourist ships operating in Ha Long Bay will be moved to Tuan Chau Port in the Tuan Chau international tourist destination.
On Sunday, the deputy director and tourism officials inspected the plans to shift tourist ships from Bai Chay port to Tuan Chau international passenger port.
The province's transport department said 160 registered companies and individuals were operating more than 400 tourist ships at Tuan Chau Port.
The provincial officials examined the infrastructure at Tuan Chau Port and heard ship owners' opinions. Deputy Chairman Le Quang Tung asked the transport department to coordinate with local authorities to get the ship owners to shift to the new place soon.
The transport department has to install a signpost system at the new port for tourists and local residents.
The department and local authorities are responsible for building new bus routes linking Quang Ninh Province's centre with Tuan Chau port.
After receiving petitions from ship owners, the provincial People's Committee deputy chairman asked the Tuan Chau Group to implement various solutions, such as waiting rooms for passengers and ship parking fees.
Tuan Chau Port became operational in October this year.
The Tuan Chau Group has invested more than VND10,000 billion in the port as well as surrounding constructions since 2012. The 200ha port, which is 7km long and 10m to 17m deep, can handle 2,000 ships at a time.
The transport ministry has permitted Tuan Chau Port to receive foreign ships that are up to 100m long and have a waterline of 5.5m in the south and southeast wharfs of Tuan Chau Island since October 1, 2015.—VNS