Hanoi (VNA) – Potential for cooperation in developing transport in general and seaport in particular in Vietnam has been introduced to representatives of the Dutch government and enterprises.

Acting General Director of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) Nguyen Canh Tinh provided information related to Vietnam’s seaport development plans at a working session in Rotterdam on July 11, on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s recent visit to the Netherlands.

According to Tinh, by the end of 2016, Vietnam built 44 seaports with 219 wharfs, serving over 103,000 ships and nearly 460 million tonnes of goods. The volume of goods handled at the ports is forecast to reach over 1,100 million tonnes by 2030.

Tinh suggested the Dutch side share its experience in seaport management and operation, and coordinate with Vietnam in attracting goods to and from Rotterdam port through transshipment at Cai Mep – Thi Vai port of Vietnam.

The two sides should consider the possibility of cooperation in investing in and operating a number of wharfs and logistics areas in Hai Phong port in the northern city of Hai Phong and Van Phong port in the central province of Khanh Hoa, he said.

Vietnam is calling for investment in the fields of oil and gas; seaport, ship building, and maritime transport, he noted.

Tinh also briefed participants on seaport projects in Vietnam, including Lach Huyen and Van Phong and Vung Tau ports.

Earlier, at the Netherlands-Vietnam Business Forum on July 10, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between Vinalines and the STC Foundation (STC) of the Netherlands in personnel training in seaport and logistics at STC’s training centres in Europe or Vietnam. -VNA