Tan Cang Pioneer V.1631S is the first container ship to go through the newly-opened Quan Chanh Bo canal, paving the way for high-capacity ships to enter the Hau River.
The ship has a capacity of 610 TEUs. In the first voyage, it carried 102 TEUs of imported products including lime, coal and building materials and 85 TEUs of exported rice, rice bran and aquatic products.
It is also the first container ship to carry goods directly from Haiphong city in the north to Can Tho city without going through HCM City.
Tan Cang–Cai Cui Port covers an area of 7ha and can receive ships of up to 20,000 tonnes. The port will serve as the entrepot and logistic centre for businesses operating in the Mekong Delta.