The first stage of a project to upgrade Cai Trap channel which leads to Hai Phong international gateway seaport, the largest in northern Vietnam, started on August 2.

The move is to ease overcrowding on Ha Nam and Nam Trieu channels – entries to Hai Phong seaport which is handling a big volume of cargo each year.

Once completed later this year, Cai Trap channel is able to accommodate vessels of 1,000 – 3,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage), said Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration (VMA) Do Duc Tien at the ceremony.

The Ha Nam channel is designed to house big-size vessels while Nam Trieu and Cai Trap, smaller ones.

The Ministry of Transport has assigned the VMA to invest and oversee the project, which is implemented in the form of built-transfer (BT).-VNA