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Ho Chi Minh City urges study on transshipment port construction

Ho Chi Minh City urges study on transshipment port construction

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 17:48 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City urges study on transshipment port construction
When in place, the Can Gio international transshipment port will help drive the sea transport in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has issued an urgent dispatch ordering relevant units to start study on the construction of an international transshipment port in outlying Can Gio District.

The city wanted the study to be completed and submitted to the prime minister for approval this year.

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Xuan Sang, at a recent meeting on the seaport development, assigned the municipal People’s Committee to make a study on the construction of the Can Gio international transshipment port and complete it in 2023.

The city should build a detailed plan on the construction in parallel with the process of updating the adjustment of the national general seaport development plan, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Saigon Port Company will be in charge of mapping out the plan for the construction, while the Ho Chi Minh Department of Transport will work with the Vietnam Maritime Administration to monitor the process and building progress.

The deputy minister told the city’s relevant agencies to determine the area of forestland affected by the transshipment project in detail.

In addition, the Vietnam Maritime Administration will be responsible for allocating the volume of domestic goods through the Can Gio Wharf from other container terminals such as SPCT and Tan Cang Hiep Phuoc.

Many experts and insiders have thrown their weight behind the Can Gio international transshipment port project.

The transshipment port is expected to help Ho Chi Minh City maintain its position as a logistics hub in Southeast Asia and Asia, and contribute significantly to the country’s state budget.

Cargo throughput at the Cai Mep-Thi Vai Port in neighboring Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province has surged over the past few years, so the construction of the Can Gio transshipment port is a need, said the deputy minister.

Designed to cover an area of 571 hectares, the Can Gio international transshipment port will be 7.2 kilometers long and have 6.8 kilometers of wharves upon completion.

The project is estimated to cost over VND124 trillion (US$5.3 billion).

When in place, the port can receive large container ships, which can carry 24,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers, while its capacity will be 16 million TEUs.

Work on the project will be divided into seven phases, with the first phase expected to start operation in 2027.

The final phase will be put into service in 2045, local media reported.

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Tieu Bac - Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre News

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