16:27 | 04/05/2016 Economy- Society
(VEN) - The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has approved a detailed plan prepared by the Vietnam Maritime Administration to develop ports in the southeastern region (Group 5).
An overall research project is underway aiming to upgrade navigation channels in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai area
The plan extends the time for implementing projects related Group 5 ports, including those in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai area. Following the guidance of the government and the MoT, the plan does not encourage investment in building new container ports or expanding existing ports, except those catering for specific projects and industrial zones.
The Vietnam Maritime Administration has issued Decision 1057/QD-CHHVN dated November 1, 2013 assigning the Southern Vietnam Maritime Safety Corporation to invest in creating navigation channels and installing buoys. Environmental impact assessments are underway and will be soon completed so that the project can be implemented in the near future.
In recent years the MoT increased the budget for dredging navigation channels in the Cai Mep-Thi Vai area. An overall research project is underway aiming to upgrade these channels to ensure navigational safety for vessels of over 100,000DWT.
Accelerating port relocation
Saigon Port has been chosen to participate in exploiting the Cai Mep-Thi Vai International Terminal, contributing to accelerating the relocation of this port and facilitating the transportation of goods between Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
The Vietnam Maritime Administration has maintained its coordination with port relocation units and other organizations concerned and requested the MoT and localities where Group 5 ports are located to accelerate the implementation of projects aimed at building the connections between ports, especially those in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and industrial and export-processing zones. These include the expansion of National Highway 51, the construction of inter-port roads in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the creation of a channel in the Dong Tranh River to serve waterway transport from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cai Mep-Thi Vai area. These projects will contribute to facilitating the transportation of goods between Ho Chi Minh City’s ports and those in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
The MoT is responsible for managing seaports at a state level and persifying the sources of investment in seaport infrastructure development. It encourages investment in terminal equipment and related infrastructure facilities so that freight owners and sea transport companies can participate in loading, unloading, storage, and packaging services at ports. The management of seaports needs to be decentralized to ensure the effective mobilization of investment for seaport infrastructure development from different sources. Companies that exploit seaports are encouraged to set up joint ventures with foreign businesses to invest in building public seaport infrastructure facilities as well as inter-port highways.
The Cuong & Ngoc Han