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Gov’t seeks clarification on Can Gio transshipment port project

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Government has requested HCMC to provide further details on the Can Gio International Transshipment Port project, particularly concerning its impact on socio-economic development plans and the UNESCO-recognized Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve.

In Official Dispatch 7320/VPCP-CN addressed to relevant ministries, HCMC, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha urged HCMC to work with relevant ministries and agencies in clarifying the project’s impact on and conflicts of economic interest with the existing seaports and and those port plans approved by the Prime Minister, as well as its implications for socio-economic development and the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve.

The document must also specify the project’s approval authority as required by the Government.

Relevant ministries and Ba Ria-Vung Tau authorities have been tasked with closely working alongside HCMC authorities to prepare and finalize the project study.

In late August of this year, the HCMC People’s Committee submitted Document 4075 to the Government regarding the Can Gio International Transshipment Port project.

The project aims to develop an international transshipment port in Can Gio for HCMC and the region, attracting local and international shipping lines, and transportation and logistics companies. The goal is to integrate them into the global transportation supply chain.

The Can Gio International Transshipment Port, proposed to be situated in Thanh An Commune, is expected to have a capacity of 4.8 million TEUs by 2030, with a potential increase to 16.9 million TEUs by 2047.

The first phase of the project is planned to commence operations by 2030, with investment preparation taking place from this year until 2024, followed by two years of port construction.

HCMC recently announced plans to clear 90 hectares of coastal mangrove forest to make room for the Can Gio International Transshipment Port project.

The Can Gio International Transshipment Port would require a total of 571 hectares of land. Of this, 90 hectares of mangrove forest would have to be cleared, including nearly 83 hectares of natural mangrove forest and seven hectares of forest land without trees. The project would also utilize 481 hectares of water surface.

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