Cargo via Vietnam’s seaports up 4 percent in 2020 hinh anh 1At Cat Lai port (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam’s seaports handled an estimated over 689 million tonnes of cargo this year, up 4 percent annually, reported the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

During the year, the country’s fleet of cargo ships are estimated to transport nearly 160 million tonnes of cargo, marking an annual increase of 3 percent, including 2.6 million TEUs of containers, up 8 percent year-on-year.

Vietnam now has 1,516 seagoing vessels, 1,049 of them are cargo ships with a combined tonnage of around 9.3 million tonnes. The country now ranks fourth in ASEAN and 30th globally in terms of the number of vessels.

The average age of Vietnamese vessels is 15.5 years, or 5.8 years less than the world’s average.

So far this year, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre has saved 60 vessels in distress with 765 people aboard, including 13 foreigners this year./.