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Master plan of seaport Group No. 2:
Focus on developing Nghi Son Port, Cua Lo Port and Son Duong Port – Vung Ang
By GTVT, 21 Sep. 2011
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The Master Plan of Seaport Group in the North Central of Vietnam (group 2) clearly stated that it is required to have an uninterrupted connection between ports and the international traffic network and trade corridor with Laos to ensure the service function of the ports group.

To balance the general and specialized terminals

This is the general target set for the seaports group in North Central of Vietnam. The specific goal of this seaports group is that the volume of cargo throughput the ports in the region is expected to reach 68 to 91 million tons in 2015, 129 to 186 million tons in 2020 and 263 million tons in 2030; the Master Plan of Seaport Group in the North Central of Vietnam (group 2) pointed out that three key ports including Nghi Son, Cua Lo, Son Duong - Vung Ang shall be seriously developed as the motivation for the development of the coastal economic zone of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. Nghi Son Port is planned as the national general port and the port center of the region comprising of Southern Nghi Son Port, Northern Nghi Son Port and Hon Me Island. Nghe An Port is planned as the national general port and the port center of the region comprising of Southern Cua Lo Port, Northern Cua Lo Port and a specialized port named Dong Hoi. Son Duong Port in Vung Ang is also a national general port and the port center of the region comprising of Vung Ang and Son Duong Ports.

In the short term up to 2015, the priority shall be given to improve and upgrade the access channel for full load vessels of 10,000 DWT to take advantage of the water level in Cua Lo Port. For general port, it will be investigated to construct a jetty for vessels up to 20,000 DWT to Southern Cua Lo Port; the port operator shall invest in construction of a general berth no. 3 in Vung Ang Economic Zone for vessels of 50,000 DWT. For specialized port, the focus is on building the berth area of Nghi Son Refinery Plant including offshore berth for importing crude oil on Hon Me island and the berth for exporting solid and liquid products of the plant; the port serving thermal power centers in Nghi Son - Thanh Hoa and Vung Ang - Ha Tinh.

To strengthen state management in planning

The Master Plan also specifies the policies, mechanisms and measures for implementation, and asserts that intensifying the socialization of investment in developing port infrastructure under Public Private Partnerships (PPP), Build – Operation – Transfer (BOT), and Build - Transfer (BT). Promoting the investment, encouraging and creating favorable conditions for all economic sectors at home and abroad to invest in port development in compliance with the forms prescribed.

Budgetary capital is invested in public infrastructures (such as public access channel, breakwater) connected to key seaport. These port infrastructures are mainly invested by capital legally raised from port businesses. Ports and berths including general port are proposed and designed by investors, all port infrastructures and integrated port facilities are invested by self-financed capital. In the Master Plan, it also mentions the research and pilot implementation of giving permission foreign partners to invest their money in handling equipment, and rent operating port infrastructures invested by domestic capital (in association with the transfer of advanced technology) ...

Especially, the Master Plan emphasizes to continuously promote administrative reform in port investment and operation management in the manner of simplification and international integration; enhance the State management in carrying out the plan of port group development, focusing on the comprehensive collaboration of the development plan of the traffic network in the region, construction planning and general planning of economic and social development of the local area and the places where ports located.


Hà Linh
(Translated by Portcoast)


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