Work started on the construction of the 2.3 trillion VND (107 million USD) Vinh Tan port complex in the central province of Binh Thuan on April 16.

The port, invested by the Pacific Corporation, is designed to accommodate ships of up to 30,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage).

When put into use at the end of 2016, the port will serve import-export activities and cargo transport in Binh Thuan and neighbouring provinces, helping spur regional economic development.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung said the port construction, invested by the private sector, is a breakthrough in infrastructure development. He urged Binh Thuan authorities to work closely with the Pacific Corporation to carry out the project on schedule.

Binh Thuan, with a 192km long coastline, currently has only one port – the Phan Thiet Port, which mainly serves the travel between Phan Thiet City and Phu Quy Island district.-VNA