|Cargo ships used to carry goods and passengers between Lý Sơn Island and mainland Quảng Ngãi Province in preparation for the Tết festival. VNS Photo Công Thành |Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NGÃI — The central provincial port authority of Quảng Ngãi has assigned nine passenger boats and 15 cargo ships to serve commuters and islanders traveling to Lý Son Island ahead of Tết (lunar New Year).
Deputy director of the port authority, Lê Văn Lương, said the latest boat would leave Kỳ Hà port in Quảng Ngãi Province for Lý Sơn Island on Jan. 27, and the augmented boat service would resume on January 29 (the second day of the new lunar year) and run until Feb 8 as islanders travel back to the mainland after the Tết holidays.
On regular days, boats transport about 1,500 passengers four times daily between the island and Quảng Ngãi Province.
Last summer, the island district added more high-speed boat trips to meet demand of people on vacation.
Last year, a Coast Guard ship was called to carry 660 people to their homes on the island on the eve of Tết due to high waves and strong winds.
Lý Sơn Island, 30kms off the Quảng Ngãi Province coast, is home to about 21,000 residents. Most make their living fishing and farming garlic and spring onions.
The island is also a favourite destination during holidays, with 100,000 tourists visiting annually. — VNS