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

By SGGP - 28/07/2008

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.

According to Portcoast Consultant Corporation (Portcoast) that carried out the dredging study of Soài Rạp Channel, the dredging for Soai Rap channel has completed the first stage achieving – 7m and successfully receive full-load vessels of 10,000 tons. However, this dredging depth still can not meet the increasing transportation demand in HCMC, therefore the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City would carry out dredging work for Soai Rap in the second stage.

According to Portcoast, in the second stage, Soài Rạp Channel would be dredged from -11m to -12m so as to well receive 50,000 tons vessels and 70,000 tons vessels which will take advantage of tide. It is proposed that the dredging work in the second stage would be started about October or November 2008, one-year construction.

It is known that 7 km coast of Soài Rạp channel planned for seaport building has been registered by investors. Of which, the second global giant port group as P&O and Dubai World is investing in a deep seaport construction.

Minister Ho Nghia Dung said that the existing Long Tau Channel will also be dredged, together with Soai Rap channel, so as to meet the demand of import – export goods transported by ship in HCMC.

(Translated by Portcoast)

Source: SGGP

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