Cargo ships used to carry goods and passengers between L​y Son Island and mainland Quang Ngai Province in preparation for the Tet festival. (Photo: VNA)

Quang Ngai (VNA) - The central provincial port authority of Quang Ngai has assigned nine passenger boats and 15 cargo ships to serve commuters and islanders traveling to Ly Son island ahead of Tet (lunar New Year).

Deputy director of the port authority, Le Van Luong, said the latest boat would leave Ky Ha port in Quang Ngai province for Ly Son island on January 27, and the augmented boat service would resume on January 29 (the second day of the new lunar year) and run until Februảy 8 as islanders travel back to the mainland after the Tet holidays.

On regular days, boats transport about 1,500 passengers four times daily between the island and Quang Ngai 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 Tet due to high waves and strong winds.

Ly Son Island, 30kms off the Quang Ngai 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.-VNA