Goods are unloaded at Hai Phong port (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The northern port city of Hai Phong is expected to become the international gate of the north for an estimated 109-114 million tonnes of goods in and out and about 25,800 foreign tourists by 2020.

The goal was set under the planning for seaports in the north by 2020 with a vision towards 2030, recently approved by Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia.

The main terminals of Hai Phong seaport include Song Cam, Dinh Vu, Lach Huyen, Nam Do Son, and Bach Long Vi.

By 2020, Song Cam Terminal will receive cargo vessels with loading capacity of 5,000-10,000 tonnes, Dinh Vu Terminal will receive cargo vessels with loading capacity of over 20,000 tonnes from nearby countries, Lach Huyen Terminal will receive vessels carrying up to 6,000 foreign passengers, Nam Do Son Terminal will be used for national security and defense; and Bach Long Vi Terminal, connecting the Bach Long Vi Island with the mainland, will be used to boost the island’s development.

The plan also includes the development of Quang Ninh, Thai Binh and Hai Thinh seaports in the next four years.

Quang Ninh Port, a national-level port, with main terminals of Cai Lan, Hon Gai, Cam Pha, Yen Hung, Hai Ha, Van Gia, Mui Chua, Van Don, Van Hoa and Co To, is expected to handle 65.5-75.5 million tones of goods in and out by 2020, and 121-142.5 million tonnes by 2030. Foreign tourist arrivals are set to hit 252,500 by 2020 and 723,200-823,200 yearly by 2030.

Thai Binh Port will be a provincial-level seaport, with Diem Dien and Tra Ly terminals. It is expected to receive 2 million tonnes of goods by 2020 and 6.25 million tonnes by 2030.

Lastly, Hai Thinh Port, based in Nam Dinh Province, also a provincial-level seaport, will transport goods to and from the Nam Dinh Thermal Power Plant.

The port is set to receive 500,000 tonnes of goods by 2020, and 6.25 million tonnes by 2030.

How to implement

To reach the goals, Minister Nghia ordered agencies to enhance public-private partnerships and create favourable conditions for investment.

Simplifying administrative procedures in investing activities should be implemented also, he said.

Nghia assigned the Vietnam Maritime Administration to work with local authorities to run the planning and report to the ministry.

Heads of People’s Committees in the four localities were told to allocate land funds for developing seaports, he said.

The planning of seaports in the north by 2020 with vision towards 2030, was issued to better serve sea transport demands in the triangle of economic zones of Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh.

It also aimed to develop northern seaports and boost socio-economic development in the north region by 2020, the ministry said.-VNA