Port expected to boost local economy and tourism industry on Phu Quoc Island.
The Kien Giang Provincial People’s Council has approved a proposal to begin construction on an international passenger port in Duong Dong town on Phu Quoc Island.
Accordingly, the port will be built on an area of 180ha including 162ha of dock while a 140m bridge will connect it to Vo Van Kiet Boulevard and Tran Phu Street on Phu Quoc Island. Additionally, a passenger terminal is planned over an area of 2.8ha that will provide an array of essential and supplementary services.
Total investment in the project will come to more than VND1.6 trillion ($76.5 million), of which the local budget will account for more than VND647 billion ($30 million) over the next three years until 2017. The rest will come from other sources including state capital and investment capital from land.
The project is slated to be under construction until 2017. The port will be capable of berthing vessels carrying 5,000 to 6,000 passengers and cargo ships of up to 15,000 tons.
It is forecast that international passenger numbers passing through the port will increase by at least 105,000 annually until 2020 and possibly by up to 550,000 annually from 2020 to 2030.
Phu Quoc international passenger port is a key piece of infrastructure that will increase opportunities for international trade, as well as contributing to economic and social development in Kien Giang Province. It should also be crucial for developing the tourism sector on Phu Quoc Island and the Mekong Delta.