At the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) – An international container shipping route traversing to the central province of Quang Nam was officially put into operation on August 5.

The route, launched by the Chu Lai Truong Hai (Thaco) Automobile Company, connects the province’s Chu Lai-Truong Hai port and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

The first ship on this route, weighing 20,000 tonnes, anchored at the port right on the opening day, opening up opportunities for domestic and foreign businesses to transport goods directly from the RoK by sea.

The same day, the company started the expansion of the Chu Lai – Truong Hai port at a total cost of 200 billion VND (9 million USD), which is expected to be completed in February next year.

The port currently consists of a 44,000 sq.m container area and a 70,000 sq.m logistics area. After the expansion, it is capable of accommodating vessels of up to 30,000 tonnes in 2018, with its dock having a total length of 500 metres.

Last year, the port handled 950,000 tonnes of goods and the figure is expected to reach 1,350,000 tonnes this year.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu said the route and the expansion of the port are expected to lure investment to and boost economic development in the province and the central region in general.

He pledged to create optimal conditions for investors to operate in the province.-VNA