[Photo by The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries]
South Korea will officially open a giant cruise wharf in Busan on Thursday, capable of accommodating the world’s largest cruise liner weighing 220,000 gross registered tons, the country’s marine affairs ministry said on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the new cruise quay upgraded from an old one located on Young-do, Busan, is 440 meters in length and 45 meters in width, the second largest docking station after Incheon Port in Korea.
A 220,000-ton cruise liner carries up to 5,000 passengers and crew.
The expansion project began in 2016 with a total budget of 32.2 billion won ($28.6 million).
The ministry said the port will receive its first super-sized visitor in April next year. A port of call of a cruiser of such scale usually brings economic benefit of around 2 billion won in the local economy from tourism, shopping and harbor facility operations, the ministry said.
The ministry will sponsor a public hearing of customs officials, industry representatives and experts to formulate a policy proposal by the end of this year on long-term utilization of the cruise wharf.
The ministry also plans to renovate Young-do International Cruise Terminal to match the wharf capacity.
By Park Dong-min and Minu Kim
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