Authorities in Kien Giang province are reluctant to take over Phu Quoc island’s An Thoi International Seaport even though the Vietnam Maritime Administration is planning to hand it over. The Mekong Delta province fears that it will not have the budget to maintain the port, which is seriously underused.Pham Vu Hong, deputy chairman of the province’s People’s Committee, was quoted in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper as saying that the seaport was bringing in very little revenue.Under the government’s zoning plan to develop Phu Quoc island by 2030, the An Thoi Port, worth roughly 158 billion VND, will have the capacity to handle 500,000 – 700,000 tonnes and 360,000 passengers every year.According to Nguyen Dinh Viet, director of Kien Giang Port Authority, few international cargo or passenger vessels have arrived at the port, besides those that carried asphalt and barges used for the construction of Phu Quoc International Airport.Viet said major construction projects were being built in the central and northern parts of the island, while the port is located in the southern area of the island.Recently, the port received a barge and three foreign vessels to support the installation of the Ha Tien – Phu Quoc undersea power cable line.The… Read full this story
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