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PORTCOAST, a “big” consulting firm in sea port development in Vietnam
Theo ShippingTime, 06/2009

Mr. Le Cong Minh, General Director of Sai Gon port informed that front water depth of SP-PSA international sea port (a joint venture between Vietnam National Shipping Lines, Sai Gon Port and PSA Vietnam, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore's port operator PSA International) reached 14m and although the navigation had not been dredged, it was accessible to 60,000 DWT – 80,000 DWT vessels with the help of tides. ...

Cai Mep – Thi Vai International Port Zone available for large tonnage vessels
The success of a planning project

By SGGP, 09 Jun 2009

Last week, Cai Mep - Thi Vai International Port Zone in Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province consecutively made two remarkable events in international marine trading activities: receiving a 73.000 DWT vessel and launching a direct shipping line between Vietnam and USA. With those two events, the port zone officially affirms its role in local and regional marine activities. ...

Mr. Tran Doan Tho, Deputy Minister of Transport, “Ba Ria - Vung Tau province needs quickly investing in post-port services zone and inter-port roads”
By www.ybabrvt.com.vn, 21 May 2009

Quickly investing in post-port services zone and completing inter-port roads are two urgent matters, as the judgment made by Mr. Tran Doan Tho, Deputy Minister of Transport and need to be implemented by authorities of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province. Reporter of Ba Ria - Vung Tau newspaper had an interview with Deputy Minister of Transport on those matters.
After investigating the implementation condition at the sea ports in Cai Mep - Thi Vai area, what is your assessment on execution schedule of those port projects in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province? ...

Soai Rap to be the main marine channel to Ho Chi Minh City
By Vietnam Logistics Review, No 19, May 2009

Management Authority for Sounth Area Development and Tan Thuan Industry Promotion Company (IPC Tan Thuan) held the ceremony to start dredging Soai Rap canal. This is a significant event in developing deep-water seaport system in Ho Chi Minh City after the Goverment decided to remove the current seaport system along the Sai Gon river out of the urban area. ...

Developing comprehensively the sea port system
By SGGP, 19 May 2009

In order to meet the development of national marine economy in the new phase, Ministry of Transport are urgently completing Vietnam seaport system Masterplan with outlook to 2030, Portcoast in charge of preparing this plan informed that the assignment was at the final phase and was collecting opinions contributed by Ministries and sectors. It is expected to submit the masterplan to the Prime Minister. ...

Construction of Sai Gon-Hiep Phuoc port begins
By SGGP, 17 May 2009

On 16 May, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai and Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung, Vice-Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee Nguyen Trung Tin and many local and foreign investors was present at the ground-breaking ceremony of Sai Gon-Hiep Phuoc port Construction Project – Phase 1 at Hiep Phuoc commune, Nha Be district, HCM City. ...
On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai visited the head office of Portcoast. ...

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai investigating the navigation channel and port locations on Sai Gon and Thi Vai rivers
By Chinhphu.vn, 16 May 2009

On 16 May, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai headed the Government Task Force to investigate the navigation channel and planned port locations on Sai Gon and Thi Vai rivers and to survey investment preparation and implementation of port removal project out of Ho Chi Minh city inner.
At the head office of Portcoast, The Deputy Prime Minister worked with Ministry of Transport, Vietnam Maritime administration ...

More than 6,000 billion VND to construct Sai Gon - Hiep Phuoc Port
By SaiGon Times, 16 May 2009

Sai Gon port started the construction of a new port named Sai Gon -Hiep Phuoc Port with total investment level of more than 6,000 billion VND on an area of 100 ha in Hiep Phuoc commune, Nha Be district, Ho Chi Minh city on 16 May.
The new port is constructed on the right bank of Soai Rap river in the territory of Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park, about 30km and 17km from Ho Chi Minh city and Tan Thuan Processing Zone in the south direction respectively.

Holdup at Sai Gon port due to bulk cargoes?
By SGGP Online, 14 May 2009

Holdup condition at Sai Gon port for the last time was caused significant damages to many enterprises. Sai Gon port took responsibility and committed to coordinate with shippers in an attempt to solve the difficulty. However, is it an economical solution for this matter?.
Unloading bulk cargoes not as profitable as unloading container cargoes ...
Only the Government can solve this unfair matter

Removing Sai Gon port to the suburb - solving two urgent issues
By Hà Nội Mới Online, 13 May 2009

Hiep Phuoc Port (in Nha Be District) shall officially begin construction on 16 May 2009. This event is an important landmark in implementing the removal plan of sea port system on Sai Gon river out of Ho Chi Minh city inner paving the way for reduction of goods jam in Sai Gon Port - the biggest goods port in Vietnam. ...

Which vessels are accessible to sea port system on the Sai Gon river?
By SGGP, 28 Apr 2009

Recently, it is the fact that some passenger ships could not access to the sea port system on the Sai Gon river, it raises a question “Which vessels are accessible to the sea port system on the Sai Gon river?”. The answer has great significance to the economic and tourism development of Ho Chi Minh city. In an attempt to find out the answer, we had an interview with Mr. Tran Tan Phuc (picture), General Director of Portcoast, on removal plan of sea port system on the Sai Gon river and detailed planning of port group in the area of Ho Chi Minh city, Dong Nai and Ba Ria - Vung Tau provinces with outlook to 2020 by the consulting. ...

Opening the new navigation channel: the development base of Ho Chi Minh City
By www.sggp.org.vn, 27 Apr 2009

Today, Monday 27 2009, HCMC authority is accepted by Vietnamese Government to organize the Announcement Ceremony of Soai Rap channel dredging, the second navigation channel, to accommodate bigger vessels to navigate to seaport system in HCMC and other neighboring regions. ...

Mekong river delta waiting for navigation channel via Quan Chanh Bo canal
By www.giaothongvantai.com.vn, 24 Apr 2009

In order to make the preparation for the final investigation before the official design of a navigation channel via Quan Chanh Bo canal in Tra Vinh Province is held, last beginning days of April, an investigation team with the participation of more than 100 staff of Port Coast was dispatched to carry out topographical, hydrographical and oceanographic investigations of Quan Chanh Bo canal, the Bassac river and Dinh An estuary. ...

Remove Sai Gon's Urban Seaport: Challenges and measures
By Vietnam Logistics Review, No.18, Apr 2009

On november 2002, the political bureau issued the  resolution No. 20/NQ-TW on the course of action/direction/policies and missions to develope Ho Chi Minh City up to 2010, a part of which say, "The Goverment guides the related Ministries and Agencies to Cooperate closely with the local authority to make a detailed and reasonable plan to remove the seaport system form the urban area with the planed process on oder not to cause nagative traffice issies and wastefulness as well as minimize the negative effect on manufacturing ang business operation and national security. ...

Mekong river Delta initiating a large tonnage navigation channel

By SGGP, 14 Apr 2009

Duyen Hai District, the utmost area of Tra Vinh Prove - a remote region of Mekong river delta of has ever seen such a great animation of people. Duyen Hai Hotel, the only one in Duyen Hai district, which almost has never been too crowed, now is full. ...

Dredging Soai Rap navigation channel to accommodate bigger vessels

By SGGP, 07 Apr 2009

Ho Chi Minh City is being busy to make preparation for an important event: dredging Soai Rap in second phrase. This event is bringing a great significance to the development of seaport system in Ho Chi Minh City since Government has approved the relocation plan which shall move the existed seaport system along Saigon River out of Ho Chi Minh City. ...

PORTCOAST…The familiar brand name with marine projects

By SGGP, 06 Apr 2009

Portcoast stands for Portcoast Consultant Corporation. Mr. Ho Nghia Dung, Minister of Transport has called this enterprise as a leading consultant of Ministry of Transport because of its prideful contribution to many key maritime projects of Viet Nam. ...

The gateway to open sea
By Vietnam Logistics Review, No. 17, Mar 2008

We drove fast on the national road 51 towards the sea. It was a beautiful morning with blu sky. The rather cold weather of Spring reminded us of the past. Our guide was an architect of Portcoast (A Joint Stock Company specializing in technique consulting and designing sea ports). He promised to take us to the place he called "The gateway to open sea". ...

Plan of receiving large vessels into Mekong Delta is up-and-coming more than ever
By www.giaothongvantai.com.vn, 19 Dec 2008

The great need to invest in and improve the channel for large vessels coming into Mekong Delta is undeniable. However, after over 20 years of doing research on alternatives of dredging and improvement for Dinh An channel with the only purpose of accommodating vessels of over 10,000DWT handling goods in Can Tho Port, scientists and experts in channel improvement “helplessly” said that: “for this project, there is no feasibility in economy and not much feasibility in technology”.  Alternative of dredging a new canal – Quan Chanh Bo canal - was brought up and made the plan of receiving vessels of 20,000DWT into Bassac River come into reality more than ever. ...

Ho Chi Minh City inner  port group: need speeding up removal!

By tuoitre.com.vn, 20 Dec 2008

As the plan approved by the Government, Bason Shipyard and some other ports like Tan Cang, Sai Gon will be removed out of the Ho Chi Minh City itself before 2010.
The steering committee for removal of ports on the Saigon River and Bason Shipyard requests to speed up the removal out of the City, at the same time, to forward the change of function for the area. ...

Start at the quality of transport  consulting enterprises

By Vietnam Investment Review, 26 Nov 2008

“Lack of quantity, weak at quality, low professionalism, have no clear developing trend for each unit”, this is a severe evaluation but exact about the service quality of present transport consulting enterprises. ...
Numerous but not powerful ...
Not develop, why?...

Vessel navigation for Mekong River Delta : “Let’s do, don’t talk”

By SGGP, 24 Nov 2008

On 24-11 in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Maritime Administration organized a “Dien Hong” conference as the way said by Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Long, Office Manager of Steering Committee on Transport Key Projects, to collect opinions contributed by scientists on the topic “which navigation channel is for Mekong River Delta?...
Dinh An estuary, Quan Chanh Bo channel or Tran De estuary? ...
People bursting ...

Open navigation for large tonnage vessels assessing to Mekong river Delta

By ThanhNien News, 24 Nov 2008

It was affirmed by all scientists, managers that it was necessary to improve and upgrade the navigation channel allowably to large tonnage vessels accessing to the port group on the Bassac river.
Yesterday 24 November, in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Maritime Administration organized a conference on resolutions for large tonnage vessel accessing to ports on Bassac river. At the conference, it was affirmed by all scientists, managers that it was necessary to improve and upgrade the navigation allowably to large tonnage vessels accessing to the port group on the Bassac river. Since majorities of Mekong River Delta’s import and export goods are transited via Ho Chi Minh city by road and waterway, causing high cost price and losing the competitiveness of goods from Vietnam. ...

Development of marine economic and the “rise” of deep water ports

By SGGP, 17 Nov 2008

Succeeding the dredging project on Soai Rap channel for deep water port in Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh city, the study on excavation of Quan Chanh Bo channel for the purpose of accessing vessels to Mekong river delta was executed at the beginning of 2008 year, and at the ending days of this year, the Government allowed Formasa Plastic Group (Taiwan – China) to carry out the study on Son Duong deep water port in Ha Tinh Province. ...

Son Duong deep-water port can accommodate vessels of 300,000 tons
By ThanhNien News, 02 Nov 2008
During last week, Portcoast’s engineers have still kept on doing the topographic survey, soil investigation and bathymetric survey even in very bad weather for preparing the Feasibility Study of Sơn Dương deep-water port which is of the Integrated Steel Plant and Son Duong Port Project in Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province.
The Employer, Formosa Plastics Group (Taiwan), nominated Portcoast to be the general Consultant for this project financed by FDI with the most capital that Vietnam has ever been invested in. The total amount of investment in Stage I of the project is nearly USD 8 billion

What is vessel navigation channel for Mekong Delta?

By SGGP, 28 Oct 2008

1. Opening navigation channel for large tonnage vessels (over 10,000 tons) is a complex technological and scientific issue. The problem here is to maintain the water depth of over 9m and stabilize the navigation channel at site.
However, it is not easy when sediment returns after just dredging 1- 2 months, and the change of navigation channel occurs continuously under the influence of wave, wind and flow. Adjustment of estuary is a long-term process, needing research, experiments and may result in bad output. Almost cases in the world experience nearly 100 year researches. The research on the navigation channel to the Bassac river is taken just for about 30 years, but it does not mean we must wait for the completion of the research.

The Southern Seaport
Seaport is in need, road is not!?

By SGGP, 23 Sep 2008

Accounting for over 60% local transported cargoes and 70% container cargoes, seaports in Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria – Vung Tau province are facing considerable challenges: The infrastructure insufficiency and overload ...

Increasing International Investment to Seaport and Container Port brings bright view of Vietnam economics as well as the challenges.

By SGGP, 23 Sep 2008

According the report of Vietnam Seaport Association, until now, almost worldwide leading port and maritime transport operators have signed up to a port project in Vietnam ...

Which navigational channel for the Mekong Delta?

By SGGP, 15 Sep 2008

Almost approximately 80% export goods of the Mekong Delta have to be transported through Ho Chi Minh city seaports, that makes the goods price increased and thus Southwestern goods is less competitive compared to which of other local areas and creates transportation pressure for Ho Chi Minh City. Therefore, its is required to set up  a navigational channel for the Mekong Delta, which is one of the important assignment, in the detailed master plan of Vietnam Seaport System...

Portcoast: The general planning for Vietnam's port system

By Vietnam Logistics Review, No. 11, Sep 2008

In early 2008, with the approval of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Transportation entrusted Portcoast with the mission of researching and establishing a genaral plan to develop Vietnam's port system until 2020 and to orientate development until 2030. In the general plan, there is a plan to realize concrete developments until 2015.

Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, Project Manager of Portcoast, talked with Vietnam Logistics Review about the planning process ...

New Urban Area for 250 thousand residents

By Thanh Nien News, 16 Aug 2008

Hiep Phuoc New Urban Area located in Ho Chi Minh City will have full general services serving the comprehensive development of Hiep Phuoc Port and Industrial Zone...

Rehabilitation of Long Tau channel and Dredging of Soai Rap

By SGGP, 30 Jul 2008

Last week, the Minister of Ministry of Transport (MOT) has spent one day to survey the two important channels of Long Tau and Soai Rap in HCMC.
Concerning with the complement of transportation project in HCMC for life and developing City’s economic, among that was seaport system development. Minister of Ministry of Transportation Ho Nghia Dung said that the Ministry and HCMC agreed that HCMC will build domestic roads, and the Ministry will invest to build outer belt – roads and inter- province ways...

Push-up the process of the dredging for Soài Rạp Channel to
accommodate vessels of 50,000 tons

By SGGP, 28 Jul 2008

From 26 to 27 July 2008, Minister of Ministry of Transportation (MOT) Hồ Nghĩa Dũng engaged in survey trip to check the execution progress of seaport planning in HCMC and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province.

In HCMC, after surveying Soài Rạp Channel (Nhà Bè District), Minister Hồ Nghĩa Dũng affirmed that the MOT entirely supports the process push-up for dredging Soài Rạp Channel to soon receive big vessels. Particularly, the MOT would support technique and quickly resolve the City’s proposal concerning Soài Rạp Channel...

Masterplan for Sea port waiting for data
By Saigon Times Online, 19 Jun 2008

The preparation of Vietnam Seaports System Master Plan till year 2020 and orientation to year 2030 must pay due attention on key ports, especially specialized deepwater ones. Could amendments on the masterplan catch up with the reality of 22 coming years? ...

Alert for “cargoes waiting for room in terminal”

By Tuoitre Online, 12 Jun 2008

Hundreds thousands tons of cargoes are being stuck in terminals due to traffic problem and many ships are queuing up for berthing as a result of the reason that sea port system has not been planed properly. The stagnation of cargo flow at terminals in Ho Chi Minh City area causes concern to public.
It will have the negative impact to economic development in the future if this situation prolongs...

Relocation plan: More things to do

By Tuoitre Online, 27 May 2008

One year from now is the deadline for Saigon New Port, Ba Son Shipbuiding, Nha Rong-Khanh Hoi wharf, Tan Thuan Dong Port and Vegetable Port to move out of Ho Chi MInh City.
Mr. Tran Tan Phuc, Chairman and General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation – the enterprise in charged of report on relocation plan for ports and Ba Son Shipbuilding stated: ...

The relocation of ports out of Ho Chi Minh City will be completed in 2010?

By SGGP, 14 May 2008

The steering committee of relocation plan for ports on Sai Gon River and Bason shipyard has just hold the first meeting in Ha Noi on 12 May 2008. Mr. Ho Nghia Dung, minister of Transport chaired the meeting. The purpose of this meeting is about progress of relocation plan …

Construction commencement of Quan Chanh Bo channel in third quarter of 2008

By VietNamNet, 09 Apr 2008

“Site clearance must be completed so as to start the construction of Quan Chanh Bo channel  in the third quarter of 2008” said The Minister of MOT Ho Nghia Dung at the meeting with the People’s ...

The story of person opening new navigation channels

By SGGP, 13 Feb 2008

In the year 2008 Viet Nam government executes some of projects such as: Soai Rap navigation channel in Hiep Phuoc – next phrase (HCHC), navigation channel on Quan Chanh Bo canal (Mekong Delta), Van Phong International Transshipment Terminal (Khanh Hoa) and so on. Vietnam Government also adjusts Master Plan for sea port system. Those activities facilitate to develop sea economic – an extremely huge economic potentiality in Viet Nam. Writer has had a very interesting interview with Mr. Tran Tan Phuc – General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation who is responsible for research and amendment of Master Plan of Vietnam seaport system assigned by Ministry of Transport and above key projects execution...

Soai Rap: a new chance of strong development

By GTVT, 18 Jan 2008

Early in the new year 2008, vessels up to 15,000DWT could travel through Soai Rap River, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) for the first time, opening a new chance of development for Hiep Phuoc Port Urban and HCMC seaports in specific, for the South and the whole country in general. Together with Cai Mep - Thi Vai seaports, seaports ranging along Soai Rap River from Tien Giang Province, Long An Province to HCMC and industrial zones involving in ports and sea will offer favorable conditions for developing the Southern Focal Economic Area towards the sea.

Reaching the sea

By SGGP, 09 Jan 2008

Among 4 trends of developing Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC): going up northwards, expanding eastwards and westwards and spreading southwards to the sea as determined in the mission of adjusting the master planning of HCMC, it can be said that the trend of spreading southwards to the sea is the most developed. Nguyen Van Linh Avenue, the biggest and most beautiful street that has come into use; many buildings that are being constructed, etc. in replace of a wilderness in the past are the first pictures that people can see when traveling to the south of HCMC.

Soai Rap first greets large vessels

By ThanhNien, 09 Jan 2008

This morning 09 January 2008, the opening ceremony of the navigational channel on Soai Rap River in Ho Chi Minh City was formally held at Hiep Phuoc Industrial Zone, one of the busiest areas in the south of Ho Chi Minh City.


Plan of vietnam seaport system to be rebuilt

By SGGP, 26 Dec 2007

On 21 December 2007 in Hanoi, VINAMARINE as the Client signed the Agreement with Portcoast Consultant Corporation (Portcoast) with regard to preparation for the plan of Vietnam seaport system development to 2020 and orientation to 2030. And thus, the plan to 2010 signed by the Prime Minister in 1999 shall soon end its mission.

Van phong gets up

By SGGP, 19 Dec 2007

Van Phong Gulf, approximately 150,000ha wide, locates in Van Ninh District - Khanh Hoa Province, 50km north from Nha Trang City and 35km south from Tuy Hoa Town - Phu Yen Province. This large gulf is naturally shielded and quite free of windy activities. For those reasons, the master plan of developing Vietnam seaports approved by Prime Minister in 1999, states that the gulf is an ideal location for the first international transshipment terminal in Vietnam...

New HCMC seaway opens

By www.thanhniennews.com,  16 December 2007

A new shipping channel capable of receiving 5,000 DWT ships has opened to improve the Ho Chi Minh City’s shipping capacity by creating a new link with the East Sea...


Opening new waterway for large vessels to Mekong Delta

By SGGP, 14 Dec 2007

Ministry of Transport has approved the feasibility of “Project of Entrance channel to the Bassac River” for a new waterway to navigate vessels to the Mekong Delta. This can be considered a great move to develop the regional economy.

Soai Rap promises new oppertunities to HCMC

By ThanhNien, 13 Dec 2007

Ho Chi Minh City is preparing for the opening ceremony of Soai Rap Channel. So soon, large vessels shall be able to run on this river for the first time.

Soai Rap is ready now

By SGGP, 16 Nov 2007

Last week, VINAMARINE issued Decision No. 741/QĐ-CHHVN putting Soai Rap Channel in Nha Be District into use. The channel is approximately 60km long and 200m wide starting from buoy 0 to the turning basin in Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park. At present, the channel can support full loaded vessels 5,000DWT’s and partially loaded vessels 15,000DWT’s navigation using tidal activities. This will play a significant role in development of deepwater seaports and container terminals in Ho Chi Minh City ...

Second deep water seaport at Cai Mep - Thi Vai

By SGGP, 17 Oct 2007

Lately, SP-PSA International Port Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Saigon Port, VINALINES and PSA Vietnam Pte, Ltd. under PSA International (PSAI) has thrown a groundbreaking ceremony for its SP-PSA International Port project at Cai Mep – Thi Vai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province …

Phu Quoc Island moves to thriving

By SGGP, 21 Sep 2007

Phu Quoc, an island in Kien Giang province, the south pole of our country is still staying wild though it was mentioned in Vietnam Travel Map and well known by domestic together with foreign tourists. People here are mainly living on fishing, fish-sauce making, etc. with little income ...

Ho Chi Minh City: Harbor for passenger ships, so hard!

By Tuoi tre, 03 Sep 2007

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) still has no standard harbor for passenger ships; and thus, tourists at present traveling to HCMC by waterways have to start their tours around the city from cargo terminals and are “welcomed” by … high big cranes…

Preparing new seaport plan Adjusting the existing one
By SGGP, 22 Aug 2007

On 16 August 2007 Ministry of Transport (MOT) issued the Decision 2548/QĐ-BGTVT on approving the basic contents of the proposal submitted by VINAMARINE regarding the master plan of Vietnam seaport system developed to 2020 and oriented to 2030. It is considered the next step following the inspection carried out last June by the Government inspection team led by MOT for the implementation of the planning for seaports developed to 2010 and oriented to 2020. And what is the reason for MOT promptly carrying out the study on new seaport plan whilst the existing one is still staying valid for more 3 years? The General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation (Portcoast) – the leading consultancy company in field of ports and marine works, who prepared the detail plan of seaport group No.5 (Ho Chi Minh City – Dong Nai – Ba Ria – Vung Tau) and the plan of relocating ports on Saigon river in this phase and also the one drafting the proposal of seaport plan next phase - Mister Tran Tan Phuc has explained…

Hiep Phuoc bustling
, 25 Jul 2007

The event Ministry of Transport has announced the result of verification for basic design pursuant to the feasibility study of Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) at Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park bustles the investment atmosphere here more than ever. Saigon Premier Container Terminal, the result of an association between Hiep Phuoc Industrial Promotion Company and an English Group, shall be a part of Hiep Phuoc Port Urban area. ...

Seaport construction delayed due to no roads
By VietNamNet, 17 Jul 2007

The lack of a sufficient transport system, especially roads linking to ports, has dampened the spirits of many seaport developers...

New seaports: speed up

By Tuoi Tre Cuoi Tuan, 24 Jun 2007

Along Nha Be, Dong Nai, Long Tau River to Cai Mep - Thi Vai what can be seen is “shape” of the future busy seaports. Many famous seaport groups around the world have also “rushed” into Vietnam. ...

Ho Chi Minh City: Burdens still on seaports
By SGGP, 13 Jun 2007 (vietnamese news)

Ho Chi Minh seaports are being overloaded. The comment is a precise reflection of the ongoing state at seaports. Cargo throughput at inner ports in recent years has kept increasing at a regular rate per year of 12.21% in average, especially 25% - 30% for containers. The cargo volume statistics for the first six months of the year 2007 have not been stated but those of the year 2006 were summarized to be 51.684 million tons which surpassed the figure estimated until 2010. However, such great increase is occurring under the circumstance that the inner port system has not been developed due to the relocation plan and the road system is overcrowded, which seems to be a real burden for city infrastructures and the existing ports.

And the resolution for this matter is the development of seaport groups at Cai Mep – Thi Vai area in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province and Hiep Phuoc area in Nha Be district, Ho Chi Minh City. However, it seems to be difficult as these locations at present are so “quiet”. Along Thi Vai river, only few seaports are operating and the rest are either being built or still in the investment phase. The same state is also occurring at Hiep Phuoc area: the cargo volume handled at the proposed deepwater seaport area has been increasing but at negligible rate of only 5% per year. In reference to the approved plan, the cargo throughput in Ba Ria – Vung Tau seaport area last year achieved only 30% of the estimate figure by 2010. Local authorities have admitted so far five dedicated seaports for materials instead of general and container terminals have been built, which has limited the cargo volume increase though Ba Ria – Vung Tau was considered the nationwide potentially largest seaport area. And thus, the relocation plan as approved by Prime Minister in 2005 can be delayed one or two years later than expected. That shall lead to burden of continuous overload on Ho Chi Minh City due to seaports’ activities in next few years.

Ho Chi Minh City set hope on Soai Rap
By SGGP, 13 Jun 2007 (vietnamese news)

For the fact that the im-export container volume of Southern Focal Economic Area will increase at an extremely fast rate as a good news, Ho Chi Minh City has assigned Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company (Tan Thuan IPC) as the contractor to ask for assistance of the domestic leading seaport consultancy PORTCOAST CONSULTANT CORPORATION (Portcoast) in the experimental dredging work for Soai Rap river, which connects Hiep Phuoc area with the sea. The river is nearly 2 km wide but limited with some shallow locations, which cannot accommodate large vessel navigation. With initial parameters obtained in the experimental dredging work Phase 1, Portcoast has firmly claimed “possibility of re-sedimentation is quite inconsiderable”. At present, aids to navigation are founded on the river for vessels 5.000 – 7.000DWT traveling in natural conditions. And upon the completion of Portcoast’s experimental dredging work phase 1, the river can accommodate the navigation of vessels up to 10.000DWT and so soon, dredging work phase 2 for vessels up to 50.000DWT navigation shall be carried out by Portcoast as possible. Hence, that the development of a deep seaport in Hiep Phuoc area shall be a great success or not, starts from the success of dredging work on Soai Rap river.

PORTCOAST: Positive investment and sustainable development for country
By GTVT Magazine, May 2007 (vietnamese news)

With the staff of over 160 members including 05 Doctors and 15 Masters of science and engineering and more than 100 engineers, bachelors, etc. along with modern survey and design equipment, and hundreds of projects in port – waterway industry implemented, PORTCOAST CONSULTANT CORPORATION is really growing bigger day after day and positively developing for the leading position in fields of design and consultancy for projects of transport industry.

The Surveyor
By Tuoi tre, 16 May 2007 (vietnamese news)

They are the pioneers: setting foot on immense lands surrounded by water, devoting every of their strength to survey each by each meter of riverbeds and lands so as to design and build new seaports. As the time comes when new seaports make their own appearance and the river is crowded with vessels running, those people will leave in search of new potential wilderness… And thus, such strenuous but interesting work of the engineers of Portcoast Consultant Corporation is day after day making a significant contribution to the great development of Southern seaports.

Work of wonder:
Dung Quat breakwater
By SGGP, 11 Apr 2007

For this first article, we would like to introduce for your reading an original work being promptly constructed as a part of Dung Quat Oil Refinery project in Quang Ngai province.

Dung Quat Breakwater is located near Dung Quat Oil Refinery by Quang Ngai sea, in the middle of Viet Thanh Gulf and Dung Quat Gulf with total area of approximately 800ha, of which nearly a half is on shore and the rest is off shore...

Planning to be adjusted for actual demand
By SGGP, 06 Apr 2007

In a divided mind full of contrary opinions on seaport development scale in Hiep Phuoc, we has reached Portcoast Consultant Corporation (PortCoast), the nationwide leading consultancy in field of port and marine works which has recently carried out the planning of Port Group No.5 and assisted Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company in experimental dredging on Soai Rap river. Mister Tran Tan Phuc, Chairman of Management Board and also General Director of PortCoast has said…


Seaport investment "Boom"...
By Thanhnien, 06 Mar 2007 (vietnamese news)

“Seaport investment, construction and operation situation in South Focal Economic Area is getting hot more than ever” said Mister Tran Tan Phuc, the General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation as many leading investors, especially those from foreign countries such as: Hutchison Ports (Hong Kong), P&O Ports – Dubai World, etc. are in their drastic race investing in seaport market.

5 Seaports in South Focal Economic Area obtained investment licence
By GTVT, 02 Mar 2007 (vietnamese news)
From June 2006 to February 2007, 5 new seaports, especially Saigon Premier Container Terminal (P&O Ports), Cai Mep International Terminal (Saigon Port – APMT Terminal International B.V) and International Container Terminal – Saigon Port – SSA, with total investment capital of 984 million US Dollars obtained investment licenses. Those shall be built in 2007 and available for operation by 2009-2010.
Mister Tran Tan Phuc, the General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation has stated: “During 2 years, the investors have made their own careful preparation, established associations with greater investment capital and drew attractions from leading international maritime transport firms and seaport investors”.

Master plan of Dong Nai - Ba Ria Vung Tau - Ho Chi Minh City seaport Group (Group No. 5)
By SGGP, 27 Feb 2007 (vietnamese news)

At present, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, one of the provinces in which the detailed plan of Seaport Group No.5 is implemented, is drawing strong attentions from many leading international seaport investors. Besides the coastline approximately 70km of length with many big rivers such as Cai Mep, Thi Vai, etc. whose depth is suitable for modern seaport development, Ba Ria – Vung Tau also has a policy issued by the local government giving the most special treatments to investors since seaport development is considered as one of three major “piers” of the province’s economy (along with tourism and finance, banking, science technology).

Marine economy begun: Projects worth of billions of US Dollars
By TTO, 22 Feb 2007 (vietnamese news)

Marine economic industry since the beginning have attracted many investors, especially foreign groups who have offered many projects worth of billions of US dollars for developing seaports and investing in marine economic zones, of which the busiest is the marine economic zone of Van Phong Gulf in Khanh Hoa province.

Boom in seaport market
By TTO, 22 Feb 2007 (vietnamese news)

Projects of five new seaports, especially Saigon Premier Container Terminal (P&O Ports), Cai Mep International Terminal (Saigon Port – APMT Terminal International B.V) and International Container Terminal – Saigon Port – SSA have obtained investment licenses from June 2006 to February 2007. Those shall be the beginning of a series of modern seaports built to offer great benefits to South Focal Economic Area as commented by Mister Tran Tan Phuc, the General Director of Portcoast Consultant Corporation.

Sai Gon Port: Overcomed challenges
By GTVT, 05 Jan 2007 (vietnamese news)
January 11, 2007 Vietnam officially became a WTO member, which also means new greater responsibilities have been handed to Vietnam seaport companies in accordance with new situation and state of the country. To Saigon Port, it is at present the requirement of making good use of its own existing potential as well as investing in accomplish a national seaport system of regional level up to continental level.

Hutchison Port obtains license for port project
SGT-HCMC, 13 Feb 2007
Hutchison port group from Hong Kong becomes the lastest big name who has signed up to a port development project in Vietnam, obtaining a license for a huge port in the southern provinve of Ba Ria – Vung Tau last week...

Singapore port firm PSA gets Vietnam license
Source: Reuters, Bloomberg
PSA International, the world's biggest ports company, has been granted an investment licence to develop a new container port in Vietnam's southern Vung Tau province, the Singapore state-owned firm said Saturday...

P&O Ports gets license to build container terminal
By VietnamNet, 27 Jul 2006
The UK based P&O Ports, one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, has just received a license to enter into a JV partnership with Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Co. (IPC), the investor of the Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park, to develop a container port in the park in Nha Be District, HCMC...

Saigon Port and APM Terminals to build Vietnam container terminalNew container terminal will serve growing market
By Den Haag, 2 Aug 2006
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Working in partnership, Saigon Port and APM Terminals will build a new container terminal to serve Vietnam’s future in global commerce...

Joint venture to build new container terminal
By VNS, 13 Oct 2006

The Ministry of Planning and Investment last week licensed a joint venture to develop a US$160 million container terminal in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The Cai Mep International Container Port will be developed by the joint-venture of SSA Marine Inc, the largest port operator in the US, and Sai Gon Port Authority, Hoang Van Nhuong, deputy director of Sai Gon Port Authority, told Viet Nam News yesterday.

Positive investment for positive development
By GTVT - 2007 (vietnamese news)
PORTCOAST Consultant is really growing bigger day after day and positively developing for the leading position in fields of design and consultancy for projects of tranport industry...

Projects to offer great growth to future Vietnam's economy
By Tuoi Tre - 2007 (vietnamese news)
Saigon Premier Container Terminal - P&O Ports Co., Ltd, International Container Terminal - Saigon Port - SSA, Thi Vai International Terminal Saigon Port - PSA Joint Venture Company,...

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