Van Don's Ao Tien cruise terminal officially open to traffic
The first ship carrying 46 passengers departed from Ao Tien Cruise Terminal to Co To Island at 8 a.m this morning.
Having been launched since April 2022 in Ha Long commune, the project of Ao Tien Cruise Terminal covers the total area of nearly 30 hectares, of which the land area is 5.9 hectares and the rest is water surface. The total investment capital is estimated to be more than VND 610 billion financed by Mai Quyen Tourism Company Limited.
This modern harbour is equipped with modern facilities and amenities to serve tourists. It also includes various green spaces covered by green trees.
The passenger terminal area has a usable area of 8,000m2. The designed capacity is up to 2,600,000 passengers/year in the period of 2020 - 2025 and will be expanded to 3,200,000 passengers/year in the period of 2025-2030. This area includes many utilities, functional subdivisions such as passenger pickup, ticketing, waiting rooms, etc.
The wharf comprises 5 berths, of which 2 berths are 20m wide and 150m long, which can accommodate vessels up to 300 seats and 3 smaller berths for yachts and small vessels. The parking zone can receive 150 cruise ships at the same time.
Investment projects in Ao Tien area will help contribute to a complete and synchronous service and tourism infrastructure system, meeting the requirements of construction and development of Van Don economic zone into a multi-sector marine economic zone.
As many as 15 businesses have registered to operate at the port with more than 50 vehicles carrying passengers to different island communes in the two districts of Van Don and Co To.
During the first year of operation, local people living in 5 island communes in Van Don and Co To will be offered free tickets.
Ship owners will also pay no parking and operational fees within a month since the opening day and get 50% discount during the next 2 months.
On the opening day, there were 4 ships transporting nearly 200 passengers in and out of the port.