Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao said the province has reached agreement with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Company of Malta on speeding up the upgrade of Chan May Port to welcome cruise liners.

All dredging works and upgrade will complete before April 30.

The upgrade is intended to allow the port to receive super-size ships and contribute to the province’s increasingly important tourism.

The project includes increasing the length of Wharf No 1 from 300m to 360m, dredging an area of 90mx450m in front of the wharf and expanding the turning area.

When the project, which is estimated to cost 85 billion VND (3.96 million USD), completes, the Chan May Port will be able to accommodate Quantum- or Oasis-class super-large ships.

In January, Thua Thien Hue welcomed the first cruise liner, the Celebrity Century, carrying 2,500 tourists to the ancient imperial city of Hue.

The central province has set its sight on drawing 60,000 tourists via Chan May Port.-VNA