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Vietnam to inspect inland waterway ports nationwide

By Nguyen Tan

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HCMC – The Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration plans to launch a comprehensive inspection of inland waterway ports starting July 1.

This initiative, led by the Ministry of Transport, aims to update regulations and promote the development of waterway transport.

The Ministry of Transport will instruct the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration to devise the inspection plan to ensure traffic safety and manage unauthorized waterway ports, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

A report from the administration shows that there are 5,553 operational ports and wharves. However, 1,900 wharves operate without authorization, with 991 having expired licenses and 909 functioning without permits.

The administration noted challenges in managing unauthorized wharves, especially those beyond the control of regional branches and port authorities, typically under local management.

The Ministry of Transport has directed the administration to coordinate with local authorities and relevant forces for the inspections, scheduled from July 1 to December 31, 2024.

The ministry emphasized the need to assess the impact of suspending unauthorized wharves on transport activities and propose solutions to support businesses.

The inspections aim to identify regulatory issues and guide amendments to legal documents related to inland waterway transport, promoting safe and sustainable sector development.

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