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Master Plan of Port Group No. 5: 
Promoting the international transit potentiality

By GTVT, 22 Sep. 2011
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Ports on Saigon River

According to the master plan of port group no. 5, advantages of natural and social conditions of the region will be fully taken to develop ports at Cai Mep - Thi Vai, Ben Dinh - Sao Mai, Hiep Phuoc and potential sites such as Long Son, etc., ... to use effectively the land for port construction, improving the capability of receiving large vessels, promoting the international transit potential.

Ports must be synchronized with infrastructure connection

The goal of the plan is to reasonably arrange the ports of the group with the aim of getting overall efficiency and creating a balanced and synchronous development of the ports and related infrastructure with attractive areas of the ports, improving the industry and services as the motivation for development of economy, national security and defense; meeting the requirement of ports relocation on Saigon River and Ba Son Shipyard to reduce traffic load and relieve congestion in Ho Chi Minh City; supporting the development of industrial parks, export processing zones in the region, and facilitating urban development in order to speed up the process of industrialization and modernization of the area in the period of 2020 to 2030; establishing and developing the international gateway ports, head ports in modern area to meet the development trend of Vietnam and international maritime transport to attract transit cargo in the region.

Specifically, the amount of goods through ports is expected to reach 169 to 200 million tons/year in 2015, 235 to 317 million tons/year in 2020, and 393 to 681 million tons/year in 2030. Number of passengers traveling by sea through the port is expected to reach 338.6 to 413.6 thousand of passengers in 2015; 418.2 to 539.4 thousand of passengers in 2020 and 917.1 to 1335.8 thousand of passengers in 2030.

Just as planned, the ports in the region will be able to welcome ships of groceries and bulk with tonnage from 10,000 to 60,000 DWT, container cargo vessels with tonnage of 10,000 to more than 100,000 DWT and special tankers of crude up to 300,000 DWT, oil product tankers with tonnage of 10,000 to 50,000 DWT, passenger vessels with tonnage of 50,000 GRT to 100,000 GRT.

Vung Tau Port is the national port and international gateway

Group 5 consists of three sea ports: Vung Tau (including Con Dao), Dong Nai (including Binh Duong habour area) and ports in Ho Chi Minh City (including the ports of Long An, Tien Giang on Soai Rap River). Therefore, the ports in Ho Chi Minh City is planned as national general ports and to be as the head ports in the area including the key landing areas on Saigon River; Cat Lai port on Dong Nai River; port on Nha Be River; Hiep Phuoc port on Soai Rap River; the ports in Long An and Tien Giang provinces on Soai Rap River.

Vung Tau is planned as a national general port, international gateway port including main functional berths such as Go Dau Berth, Tac Ca Trung, Phu My, My Xuan Berth, Cai Mep Berth, Sao Mai – Ben Dinh, Long Son Berth, Vung Tau Berth – Dinh River, and Con Dao Berth.

For navigational channel, several tight turn sections shall be improved; depth of channel as well as the maritime signaling system of Long Tau channel shall be maintained for vessels of 30,000 DWT to take advantage of the tide in both day and night on the flow of Saigon - Vung Tau to navigate to the channel.

In the period up to 2015, Soai Rap channel is able to meet the demand of navigation for vessels of 30,000 DWT full-load to 50,000 DWT unload. In the next stage, further study of dredging the channel for vessels of 50,000 DWT full-load and over 50,000 DWT unload shall be carried out. For Dong Nai River, the status of channel section of about 36km from Mui Den Do interflow to Dong Nai Port will be remained.

Cai Mep – Thi Vai channel shall be studied in the next period in order to determine the largest vessels that are able to travel to the ports. It is expected that Cai Mep area is for vessels of 80,000 to 100,000 DWT, and container vessels of 6,000 to 8,000 TEU; Phu My (Thi Vai) area is for vessels of 60,000 to 100,000 DWT, and container vessels of 4,000 to 8,000 TEU; Phuoc An, My Xuan area is for vessels up to 60,000 DWT; Go Dau is for vessels up to 30,000 DWT; and Dinh River flow is for ships of 10,000 DWT.

Hà Linh
(Translated by Portcoast)


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