A domestic shipping route connecting northern province of Quang Ninh and central province of Quang Binh was officially opened on July 6.

Addressing the opening ceremony in Hai Phong city, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong highlighted the new domestic shipping route would help solving high inventories at sea ports. This shipping route would also aim to reduce the dominance of road transportation in the freight market, contributing to rationally restructure the Vietnam ’s freight market.

The shipping route will help transport goods via local ports of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.

According to Marine Department Director Nguyen Nhat, the inventory level at Hai Phong, Nghe An and Ha Tinh ports increased meanwhile the number of ships docked in some other ports were also high. Nhat also said average monthly, about 500,000- 600,000 tonnes of goods were transported among Quảng Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh,Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh và Quang Binh provinces. For distance from Quang Ninh to Quang Binh, sea transportation would take three times longer than the road transportation did but freight charges by sea were just one- fifth or one-sixth of the charges by road.

The new route would also help transporting super long and super heavy goods from northern provinces to central provinces, Nhat added.

In the time to come, the Ministry of Transport will consider to open many new domestic shipping routes to reduce the dominance of road transportation, decrease transportation cost and contribute to developing marine economy at localities./.