Da Nang has asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to consider the early start of the construction of Lien Chieu port (Photo: cafef.vn)

Da Nang (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the central city of Da Nang has asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to consider the early start of phase 1 of the construction of Lien Chieu port, in order to reduce traffic accidents in the city and boost local development.

The Lien Chieu port project is of importance for Da Nang in terms of infrastructure, socio-economic development and security-defence, according to Resolution 33-NQ/TW dated October 16, 2003 of the 9th Politburo and Conclusion 75-KL/TW dated November 12, 2003 of the 9th Politburo.

In November 2016, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed in principle to the project in Notice 363/TB-VPCP of the Government Office following a working session with Da Nang authorities.

Following the approval, Da Nang People’s Committee conducted a pre-feasibility study for the project and submitted to the Ministry of Transport, which later submitted its assessment of the study to the Prime Minister in May this year.

At the end of May, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung instructed the Ministry of Planning and Investment evaluate the possible sources of investment capital for Lien Chieu port, while Da Nang was told to complete dossiers for the port project based on evaluation of concerned ministries and sectors.

Da Nang authorities have completed dossiers for the project’s pre-feasibility research report.

Statistics show with the annual growth of throughput at 16.2 percent, Da Nang’s ports will have to handle around 10 million tonnes of cargo by 2020 and 30 million tonnes by 2030, which will surpass the capacity of Tien Sa port after 2020 and overwhelm the transport infrastructure in the area, causing traffic jams and accidents as well as environmental pollution, thus affecting the city’s tourism development.

Recently, the traffic flow of trucks and container trucks from Tien Sa port going through the Yet Kieu-Ngo Quyen-Ngu Hanh Son has surged, causing several serious accidents, hence the urgent need for the early construction of Lien Chieu port.  

According to Chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho, the committee has proposed using the reserve fund for mid-term public investment during 2016-2020 for the project.

Under Da Nang’s project on developing sea-based economy by 2025 with vision to 2030, which aims to build the central city into a maritime economic hub with explosive growth in companion with environment protection and sustainable development, the city will focus resources on developing maritime transport.

 Accordingly, Tien Sa port will be reserved to serve cruise ships and Lien Chieu is set to become the major cargo port in the city. More inland container ports (ICDs) will be built to facilitate import-export activities as well as commodity transportation through the East-West Economic Corridor that links Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA