(VOV) - 40 cargo ships and 11 passenger ships have docked at Da Nang port in central Vietnam since early this year.
Last year, its total cargo handling rose to 114,400 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), up 28 percent from a year earlier. In January alone, the port handled 336,443 tonnes of cargo and received 11 cruise ships with more than 11,700 passengers on board.
With the opening of additional routes, the port expects to handle 60 percent of Vietnam’s total container cargo by 2015 and 80-85 percent by 2020, thus turning itself into a modern cargo port in the future.
In its socio-economic development plan, Da Nang aims to build a regional centre for logistical for services in Da Nang by connecting transport links to distribute transit goods to the north, the south, and the central highlands, the southern region of Laos, and the northeastern region of Thailand.
The transportation of goods from the southern region of Lao to the northeastern region of Thailand through the port increased by 4-5 percent and is expected to make up 10 percent of the total volume in the 2012-2015 period and then 20 percent after 2015.
In 2012, the port will mobilize all resources to push through administrative reform and improve management skills and services.
In 2012, the port city strives to handle 4.1 million tonnes of cargo, of which container cargo reaching 135,00 TEU, receive 50 passenger ships to become an ideal and attractive destination for cruise ships around the globe.