The Binh Bridge, which spans the Cam River in Hai Phong City, was re-opened to pedestrians and motorbikes on the morning of July 19 after being hit by three large ships due to the tropical storm Conson.

Typhoon Conson, the first in Vietnam so far this year, made landfall in Hai Phong on July 17, blowing the newly-built 17,500 DWT Shinsung Accord, the 1,700 DWT Vinashin Express 01 and the Vinashin Orient, away from their wharf at the Bach Dang Shipbuilding Corporation where they were under repair.

The ships drifted freely before getting stuck under the Binh Bridge , causing serious damage and forcing the bridge to close.

At present, the Hai Phong authorities and the Ministry of Transport and Communication are assessing the damage and working out how to repair the bridge so that it can become fully operational as soon as possible.

The 1,280m Binh Bridge , which was first opened to traffic in May 2005, carries the main road that connects central Hai Phong City with Thuy Nguyen district.

The construction and supervision of the bridge was carried out by Japanese companies./.