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Cai Mep - Thi Vai will become a "super port" thanks to inter-regional transport connections

Cai Mep - Thi Vai is currently one of 21 ports in the world to receive the world's largest container ship, nearly 200,000 tons.

Recently, the Prime Minister has issued a decision approving the master plan on development of Vietnam's seaport system in the period of 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050.

International transit hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong...

At the scientific conference "Thinking, development model of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in the period of 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050", Senior Lieutenant Colonel Bui Van Quy, Deputy General Director of Saigon Newport Corporation, sharing the deep-water port cluster of Ba Ria-Vung Tau receiving goods with very high growth, the output through the seaport here is almost equal to that of Ho Chi Minh City; welcomed ships with a tonnage of over 200,000 tons (20,000 TEU containers). It will become a regional and international transshipment port, sharing cargo volumes with Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Also according to Senior Lieutenant Colonel Bui Van Quy, in 2009, Ba Ria-Vung Tau had the first deep-water port. At that time, no one could have imagined the rapid development of the international maritime industry. Therefore, the port infrastructure and traffic connecting to the seaport area have not kept up. Currently, there is only National Highway 51, but it has become overloaded. About 80% of goods must be transported by waterway to the provinces, so it is very important to soon complete the transport infrastructure connecting Cai Mep - Thi Vai.

Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of Portcoast Marine Engineering and Design Consulting Joint Stock Company, added: Cai Mep - Thi Vai is currently one of 21 ports in the world to receive the largest container ships in the world. world, nearly 200,000 tons. In the future, the port cluster will receive ships with a tonnage of up to 250,000 tons.

In 2020, the economy was affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, but the volume of container cargo through this port still increased. Every week, there are about 31 fixed container transport routes directly to major import and export markets of Vietnam (20 routes to the US, two routes to Europe, nine intra-Asia and Middle East routes...).

“The port cluster has an area with room for development is Cai Mep Ha. It is necessary to create long berth routes to receive multiple mother ships simultaneously; develop industrial parks (IZs) in the port area to create the initial source of goods; adding logistics service centers, depots, warehouses; arrange more berths for container transshipment ships; "turning" Phu My town or Vung Tau city into a connection center for shipping lines, global shippers... To do these things, it is necessary to develop transport infrastructure connecting the region and inter-region with Cai Mep - Thi Vai" - Mr. Tuan said.

Synchronously deploying many transport infrastructure projects

Over the past time, the Government, ministries, branches and localities have taken drastic action to implement investment projects, including Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway, Phuoc An bridge, ring road 4. These are projects. The project will reduce the load on National Highway 51, connecting with Ben Luc - Long Thanh, Dau Giay - Long Thanh highways to Ho Chi Minh City and other localities. Thereby promoting and exploiting all advantages and potentials of Cai Mep - Thi Vai port cluster.

Up to now, three projects have been allocated capital for implementation in the period 2021-2025; drastic implementation from 2022-2026. In which, Ba Ria-Vung Tau implements two projects: a 4-section ring road through the province and Phuoc An bridge. With the Phuoc An bridge project, construction is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022. Recently, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has sent a document to Dong Nai province to agree and propose to support some contents during construction...

Mr. Nguyen Cong Vinh, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, affirmed that the above projects have breakthroughs to connect inter-regional traffic. At the same time, the province also invests in the inter-port routes Cai Mep - Thi Vai, 991B, Phuoc Hoa - Cai Mep... connecting ports and industrial zones to the common transport system; Many urban and inter-district roads are also invested and constructed synchronously with inter-regional traffic projects.

“This helps to ensure smooth traffic, connection and promote and exploit the strengths and potentials of the provinces of the province in the future, connecting with other localities of the southern key economic region. "- Mr. Vinh said.

According to Mr. Vinh, the province is also working with ministries and sectors, including the Ministry of Transport, to study and deploy a railway line connecting from industrial zones and ports of the province to other provinces, creating advantages in freight transport. Ba Ria-Vung Tau is also preparing a provincial plan, including a land use plan to synchronously update the above plans and projects. This helps when implementing the project, it will limit many difficulties and problems in investment and land procedures.

Source: PLO.VN