HCM City hopes to open Tan Cang – Tan Phu port in early 2016 hinh anh 1Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc port inaugurated in Ho Chi Minh City in May (Source: thesaigontimes.vn)
The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has requested the municipal Department of Transport and other stakeholders speed up land clearance for a road leading up to Tan Cang – Phu Huu Port in District 9 in order for the port to start operation in January 2016. 

To facilitate the port’s operation, the city’s People’s Committee also asked Urban Traffic Management Board No. 2 and contractors to hasten the progress of Rach Chiec 2 Bridge on the east-west beltline towards putting it into use in the fourth quarter of this year. 

District 9 will be in charge of land clearance for a 19.12-hectare land lot next to the port and land use right of the land to the Saigon Tan Cang Corporation to build a container warehouse. 

In addition, the committee requested the Ministry of Transport approve the construction of 200 metres of additional quay and upgrade the existing 320 metres of wharves in the prot, which will allow the port to accommodate vessels up to 40,000 DWT. 

The city is aiming to establish a system of ports with a total quay length of 2 kilometres to handle 120-150 tonnes of commodities between 2018 and 2020. 

Ports in Ho Chi Minh City have welcomed over 2.6 million TEUs of containers in the first half of 2015, 70.3 percent of which—or roughly 1.8 million TEUs—were handled in Cat Lai Port, a year on year increase of 10 percent. 

Once the Samsung Electronics Ho Chi Minh City Complex (SEHC) is completed, it is expected to significantly boost the amount of commodities going through the ports, making the early operation of Tan Cang – Tan Phu more necessary.-VNA