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Navigational channel upgrade high on priority list

Trung Chanh
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Navigational channel upgrade high on priority list

Trung Chanh

A container ship is seen traveling to Tan Cang-Cai Cui Port in the Mekong Delta of Can Tho - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH

CAN THO – The Transport Ministry has set out priorities for the second phase of a navigational channel upgrade project to allow larger vessels to call at ports along the Hau River via the newly-opened Quan Chanh Bo Canal in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

The second phase of the project will be developed through a private-public partnership (PPP), according a report on opportunities and potentials for logistics development in the transport sector in the Mekong Delta, which was released last month by the Transport Development and Strategy Institute under the Transport Ministry.

The report shows the project costs an estimated VND3.2 trillion (around US$141 million), and is the only maritime transport development project which is high on the ministry’s priority list in the delta.

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat said the ministry proposed carrying forward VND1.6 trillion in surplus capital in phase one of the project to the second phase.

The embankments of the Quan Chanh Bo Canal are not yet complete, so some stretches of the banks have slid since big ships are allowed to travel in the Hau River to visit the Tan Cang-Cai Cui Port in the Mekong Delta of Can Tho.

The major project is intended to allow vessels of 10,000-20,000 DWT to come to ports along the Hau River, according to the ministry.

The project will make it possible for the ports to handle 21-22 million tons of general cargo, and 450,000-500,000 TEUs of containerized cargo a year by 2020. Therefore, it is highly expected to fuel economic growth in the Mekong Delta.

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