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Nha Trang tourist pier in disorder after launch

Nha Trang tourist pier in disorder after launch

Monday, June 15, 2020, 14:05 GMT+7
Nha Trang tourist pier in disorder after launch
A speedboat carrying tourists leaves the new Nha Trang tourist pier in this undated photo. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

Tourism companies have been complaining about the state of chaos at a new tourist wharf in the coastal city of Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam.

Located along the banks of the Quan Truong River in Vinh Truong Ward, the 400-meter-long Nha Trang tourist wharf is funded by Hon Mot Joint Stock Company and managed and operated by the Management Board of Nha Trang Bay as a replacement for the old Cau Da tourist wharf.

The new pier was put into operation on May 16, with three waiting areas that can house 300-500 travelers each and receive 10,000-12,000 arrivals a day.

At the moment, nearly 400 tourist boats and speedboats from the Cau Da tourist wharf, which closed on May 16, are anchored at the new tourist pier. 

Fishing boats have also been using the same pier, making the space cramped.

The southeast monsoon winds create whirlpools at the mouth of the sea, making it difficult for boats to enter and leave the pier. 

At low tide, the water there is not deep enough for some large boats to anchor.

Tourist and fishing boats are anchored at the new Nha Trang tourist pier in this undated photo. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

Tourist and fishing boats are anchored at the new Nha Trang tourist pier in this undated photo. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

The Management Board of Nha Trang Bay said it is mobilizing fishermen to relocate their boats to create a clear and convenient way for the tourist boats and speedboats to dock at the new pier.

A new system of channeling the boats and speedboats entering and leaving the port is also underway.

Outside of the pier, space is an issue. Since the new pier’s launch, many street vendors have set up on the sidewalks of the path leading to the wharf for the illegal operations of their makeshift food and drink stands.

Regarding the sidewalk encroachment, Ngo Khac Thinh, deputy director of the Urban Management Department of Nha Trang City, said that his unit has cooperated with the People’s Committee of Vinh Truong Ward, the city’s police, and the Management Board of Nha Trang Bay to carry out a sidewalk inspection campaign at the new wharf.

The Urban Management Department will hand over the duty to the People’s Committee of Vinh Truong Ward and the Management Board of Nha Trang Bay to prevent the sidewalks from being encroached upon again following the campaign.

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