The central province of Binh Thuan will commence construction on Vinh Tan General Port on April 16.

The provincial news website said the port, located next to the Vinh Tan Thermal Power in Tuy Phong district, is designed to have two general wharfs, which can receive vessels of up to 30,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) and one wharf, which will serve ships and cargo of up to 3,000 DWT.

The port has been included in the Vietnam Seaport System Development Planning for 2020 and orientation for 2030 approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last June.

It will meet demand for exports and imports, as well as socio-economic development, in Binh Thuan and the neighbouring provinces.

Thus, the Vinh Tan General Port, once operational, will play a significant role in the Southern Central Area.

The port's construction is estimated to cost 1.336 trillion VND (61.8 million USD), and it is expected to receive from 2 to 2.4 million tonnes of cargo this year and between 4 and 6 million tonnes per year by 2020.-VNA