- 28 July 2021
Seaport attracts foreign ships
Although the investment budget for maritime infrastructure is still limited, Vietnam’s seaports still have strong growth and a great attraction.
In the North, a representative of Hai Phong Port Authority said that in the first three months of 2021, the total volume of goods through the Hai Phong seaport area is estimated at more than 22.7 million tons, 12% compared to the same period last year. In the period of 2020. In which container cargo was estimated at nearly 1.4 million TEUs, up 15% over the same period the previous year.
In the southern region, mother ships operate service routes at Cai Mep – Thi Vai deep-water port cluster also constantly increases in tonnage. According to the original design standards, the navigational channel connecting CM-TV can only accommodate ships of 80,000 DWT. However, since 2013, the Vietnam Maritime Administration has proposed to upgrade the track to accommodate 100,000 DWT ships and coordinate with port businesses to test to welcome “super-large” ships continuously.
According to a representative of the Maritime Administration, with the number of foreign ships increasing sharply, the total volume of goods through the seaport in the first months of the year continued to maintain a double-digit growth rate of more than 119.7 million tons. 10% increase. Regarding goods through seaports by inland waterway transport, the total volume in the first three months was only equal to the same period last year, reaching more than 52.7 million tons.
Nguyen Xuan Sang – Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration, said that the price of container handling services is at a low level compared to the region, only 80% compared to Cambodia, 70% compared to Malaysia, 61% of Indonesia, and 46 % of service prices at Singapore seaports. However, the current price bracket creates a competitive advantage for goods and affirms the position for Vietnam’s seaports (90% of Vietnam’s import and export goods are transported by sea). Major carriers in the world have continuously brought mother ships to our country’s seaports.
In additional, according to the Ministry of Transport, Vietnam’s import and export market has still achieved impressive growth over the past time, especially the market going to Europe and America due to the import and export demand of Vietnam’s goods. Europe and America for Asian markets (including Vietnam) have increased in recent months. The effective EVFTA Agreement contributes to promoting import and export trade between Vietnam and Europe.
The leader of the Maritime Administration said that in the coming period, the maritime industry encourages and promotes the socialization of investment in the development of seaport infrastructure, including public infrastructure; strengthen the role of enterprises in sharing responsibility for acquisition and maintenance of public infrastructure at seaports as part of their investment projects on seaport exploitation.