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First 2017 cargo ship docks at Đà Nẵng port

Update: January, 03/2017 - 01:00
A ceremony marking the 2017 docking of the first cargo ship at Da Nang city’s Tien Sa Port and new operation of the third Quay Container Crane at the port. VNS Photo COng Thanh
Viet Nam News

DA NANG — The Tiên Sa Port in Đà Nẵng welcomed the Panamanian-flagged Bundi Ipasa on Sunday, the first cargo ship to dock in the biggest port in central Viet Nam this year.

The Đà Nẵng port also launched the operation of its third quay container crane (QCC) on January 1.

General director of Đà Nẵng port, Nguyễn Hữu Sia, said the company plans to handle 7.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2017 including 360,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit).

“Đà Nẵng port is a major logistics centre in central Việt Nam, with a 13 per cent growth annually. The port has 24 cargo ship arrivals every week, and container ships accounts for 60 per cent of our capacity,” Sia said. “We plan to build a new Liên Chiểu Port as a major cargo port, while Tiên Sa port will become the main port for cruise ships in the coming years,” he said.

He said the port also hosted 73 cruise ships with 135,000 tourists visiting the city in 2016.

The Đà Nẵng port company also started upgrading Tien Sa Port in 2016 with a total investment of VNĐ1.1 trillion (US$49.3 million).

According to Việt Nam’s seaport system development plan towards 2020, Đà Nẵng port is destined to become one of the key gateways to the East Sea from the sub-Mekong region.— VNS

A truck loads the first container from the cargo ship Bundi Ipasa docking at Tien Sa port in Da Nang city. VNS Photo COng Thanh

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