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Hanoi (VNA) – Up to 1,302 river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) have operated on coastal transport routes by May 15, according to the Vietnam Register.

They include 32 container ships, mostly operating on Quang Ninh – Quang Binh, Quang Binh – Binh Thuan, and Binh Thuan – Kien Giang routes.

The number, which is 100 ships more than two previous months, is expected to rise as dozens of river ships are to be upgraded to VR-SBs.

Relevant bodies are building regulations on managing the boats and their routes for submission to the Ministry of Transport.

The first VR-SB transport route was launched in 2014, connecting Quang Ninh and Kien Giang provinces.

An official from the Ministry’s Department of Transportation said goods are transported on the route from Quang Ninh and Hai Phong to Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh are varied, including construction materials, machines and coal for the Nghi Son Petrochemical Refinery project.

Goods transported on the route from Nghe An, Ha Tinh to Hai Duong are mainly rock materials while cement, oil and gas, coal, and others are transported from the Nghi Son Petrochemical Refinery Factory to Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

Rice, fertiliser, construction materials, timber and consumable goods are the main goods transported between Ho Chi Minh City and Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Kien Giang.-VNA