​An aerial view of Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal (Photo: nld.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – The year 2016 went down in history of Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) as it has handled the 1 millionth TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) for the first time in six years of operation.

TCIT in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province is a deep-water port near the confluence of Cai Mep River and Thi Vai River.

The terminal has handled nearly 4.5 million TEUs since it officially began operating on January 15, 2011, but this is the first time it has received 1 million TEUs in a single year.

It is currently the second biggest container port in Vietnam, after Tan Cang Cat Lai based in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City.

It is a joint venture between Saigon Newport Corporation and three partners, namely Mitsui O.S.K Line (Japan), Hanjin Transportation (the Republic of Korea) and Wanhai Lines (China’s Taiwan).

TCIT, Tan Cang – Cai Mep International Terminal, and Tan Cang – Cai Mep Thi Vai form a continuous port complex of Saigon Newport Corporation in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

The port, about 70km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, is connected by roads to industrial parks in Ba Ria-Vung Tau and nearby Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces. It is also favourable for linking with other ports in the Mekong Delta such as Cao Lanh and Sa Dec in Dong Thap province, My Thoi in An Giang province, and Cai Cui in Can Tho city.

The terminal is also a popular point of transit for goods traded between Vietnam and Cambodia.-VNA