Shipping volume through the coastal route Quang Ninh-Quang Binh-Binh Thuan-Kien Giang during January-October increased 154 percent to 21 million tonnes of cargo.
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Hanoi (VNA) – Shipping volume through the coastal route Quang Ninh-Quang Binh-Binh Thuan-Kien Giang in the first ten months of the year increased 154 percent to 21 million tonnes of cargo compared to the same period last year.

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) revealed the information at a conference in Hanoi on December 13.

During the period, more than 23,000 river-sea compatible ships operated on the route, up 163 percent year-on-year.

Head of the MoT’s Department of Transport Tran Bao Ngoc said that since its launch in July, 2014, more than 46.8 million tonnes of freight have been transported through the route, or 1,171 tonnes a month.

At the conference, transportation businesses and localities stressed the importance of the coastal shipping route, expressing their hope that the MoT will support the development of coastal transportation.

Lauding enterprises’ investment in the route, Deputy Minister of Transportation Nguyen Nhat said this helps connect industrial zones in coastal areas while easing land traffic jams.

He asked the Vietnam Maritime Administration, the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration and the Vietnam Register to amend regulations to reduce costs for enterprises and ensure safety on the route.

Information technology must be used to manage the route, he urged.-VNA