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Hue seeks to develop international gateway seaport
By Nhan Tam
Thursday,  Sep 24, 2020,16:24 (GMT+7)

Hue seeks to develop international gateway seaport

By Nhan Tam

Part of a seaport at the Chan May–Lang Co Economic Zone in Thua Thien-Hue Province. The People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province has requested the Ministry of Transport to develop the current provincial seaport complex into an international gateway seaport - PHOTO: NHAN TAM

THUA THIEN-HUE - Thua Thien-Hue Province has requested the Ministry of Transport to develop the current provincial seaport complex into an international gateway seaport to enhance its competitiveness, according to information unveiled following a meeting between provincial leaders and the Ministry of Transport’s delegation led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Cong yesterday, September 23.

In addition, Chan May Port will become an integrated port receiving containers and goods as well as the transit cargo of Laos and Northeastern Thailand. Apart from a terminal for international cruises, the port will also have terminals for petrol and liquefied natural gas.

These proposals are based on the fact that Chan May Port annually welcomes 45-50 cruises with a combined 130,000 passengers and sailors. Currently, the port’s terminal No. 1 has exceeded 120% of its designed capacity. Moreover, it lacks conditions to receive container ships. Thus, businesses operating in the province must export a large number of containers through other ports in the central region, equivalent to 81,600 TEUs.

By 2025, many big projects will be put into operation in Thua Thien-Hue, such as a medical glove factory that has a capacity of 10 billion pieces and 800 tons of fiber a year and two automobile production projects with a combined capacity of 220,000 units a year. The Billion Max toy factory project can produce 20 million units a year.

Therefore, the demand for exporting goods through Chan May Port will be very high, estimated at some seven million tons of goods.

At the meeting, the leaders of Thua Thien-Hue also suggested the Vietnam Maritime Administration invest in an inland port at the central cargo logistics and commercial service center at the Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone. The 120-hectare port will be added in the national inland port system for the 2021-2030 period with a vision to 2050, in line with the master plan of the Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone approved by the Prime Minister.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Van Cong agreed with the proposals and asked the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee to work with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to develop a port specializing in handling international passenger cruises.

The Thua Thien-Hue seaport system that is seen as a national general port is inclusive of Chan May and Thuan An ports. In 2019, the seaport system served 3.40 million tons of goods, with 2.87 million tons handled by Chan May Port.

Goods through the port comprise mainly wood chips, coal and clinker exported to China, Korea, Japan and elsewhere.

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