Authorities in the northern port city of Hai Phong, one of the important waterway hubs in the region, have been stridently promoting sustainable growth and protection of the environment in sea port areas, in a bid to turn the locality into a “green port city” by 2020.

Hai Phong is now home to 34 ports and transhipment complexes, with 38 enterprises operating there.

In recent years, the volume of goods passing through ports in the city recorded a yearly average increase of between 15-20 percent, hitting 66 million tonnes in 2014.

According to Nguyen Van Tien, General Director of the Vietnam Container Shipping JSC (VSC), local businesses are focused on investing in infrastructure development and improving the quality of services.

He said that almost all firms working in the locality have good awareness of maritime environment protection and do their utmost to prevent environmental pollution.

The local port authority usually implements inspections to ensure that companies strictly abide by the regulations in this area.

Bui Van Minh, Director of the Hai Phong Port Authority, said his agency and relevant units are working to support ports improve their infrastructure system so as to meet environmental friendly standards.

Additionally, a modern international gateway port – the Lach Huyen port - with a capacity of handling ships with tonnage up to 100,000 tonnes is to be completed in the city. This is expected to help the city realise its environmental targets, solidifying the National Strategy on Green Growth.-VNA