Measures discussed to promote Cai Mep – Thi Vai Passage hinh anh 1Many container terminals in the Cai Mep - Thi Vai Passage can accomodate two container vessels at the same time. (Source: baria-vungtau).
Measures to fully tap the potential of the Cai Mep – Thi Vai Passage in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau were sought during a workshop in the province on August 25.

The event, organised by the provincial Department of Transport, included participating representatives from the Ministry of Transport, the Vietnam Maritime Administration, the Vietnam Ship Agents and Brokers Association, local authorities and enterprises.

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong said the ministry is mobilising resources to dredge the passage to accommodate larger vessels and urged the provincial customs office to facilitate vessel access to ports.

Local authorities pledged to offer the best incentives for investors, particularly in developing the port’s infrastructure facilities and human resource training in a bid to enhance its competitiveness in the region.

A representative from the CMA CGM Group, a global shipping company based in France, hailed the role of the port as well as its infrastructure facilities and management, saying that it is highly competitive among international ports.

According to the provincial Department of Transport, the province is home to 57 port projects with a total registered capital exceeding 7 billion USD.

As many as 28 of them have gone into operation with a total annual capacity of 87 million tonnes, including seven container terminals of 6.8 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit)

However, the container terminals only handled roughly 17 percent of their annual capacity, with more than 590,000 TEUs of cargo in the first half of this year and 1.15 million TEUs last year.

The Cai Mep – Thi Vai Passage runs through Tan Thanh district in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province; Long Thanh and Phuoc An districts in Dong Nai province; and Can Gio district of HCM City.-VNA