Vietnamese seaports welcome first shipments of New Year 2019

09:10 | 03/01/2019 Economy- Society

A series of ports from the North to the South received their first shipments of the New Year 2019 on January 1 while most agencies and organisations were enjoying the four-day holidays.

Cai Lan port in Quang Ninh province welcomes first shipments of 2019 - Photo: Nhan Dan

In Hai Phong, three seaports of Hoang Dieu, Chua Ve and Tan Vu held ceremonies to welcome first consignments in a bustling atmosphere.

Hoang Dieu port received over 4,000 tonnes of steel from Deryoung Sunysky vessel from Kaohsiung port in Hong Kong (China), while Chua Ve port received the first shipment from the Vinafco 26 vessel on January 1.

On the first day of the New Year, the Huyndai Paramount vessel from India and the Aquilla Ocean vessel from Singapore visited Cai Lan port in Quang Ninh province.

As many as 519 containers were unloaded from Huyndai Paramount, while 43,000 tonnes of cargo was unloaded from Aquilla Ocean.

Tien Sa port, in the central province of Da Nang, also welcomed its first shipment of the year from 23,000 DWT vessel, Wanhai 265, from Singapore.

General Director of Da Nang Port Nguyen Huu Sia said that the port recorded impressive figures in 2018, with 8.65 million tonnes of cleared cargo, up 7.7% over 2017.

Da Nang Port continues to prove its important role in the socio-economic development of the central region, as well as affirming its stature as the biggest seaport in Central Vietnam, Sia noted.

According to the Vietnam Maritime Administration, Vietnam's seaport system has achieved positive growth in 2018, with the total volume of cleared goods estimated at nearly 597 million tonnes. In particular, the number of containers through ports amounted to approximately 17.7 million TEUs, an increase of 20% compared to 2017. The total capacity of the seaport system reached 95-98% in 2018.

The Vietnam Maritime Administration has set the target of clearing about 640 million tonnes of goods in 2019, including over 190 million tonnes of containers.

Theo NDO