project is planned for implementation in an initial
period of 2006-09. The Ministry of Communications and
Transport has sought the Government permission to shorten
procedures to start work sooner than expected, said
deputy minister Tran Doan Tho.
The project is designed to have piers for container
ships at Cai Mep section of Thi Vai River and piers
for cargo ships at Thi Vai area along the river, both
in Tan Thanh District.
The ministry has identified the project as an urgent
infrastructure work, Tho told the Daily yesterday.
"Cai Mep-Thi Vai Port system must be in place
in end-2009 for phase one to replace inner-city ports
along the Saigon River," Tho said.
"In addition, the southeastern region needs
such a deep-water port for container ships or vessels
of 40,000 to 80,000 tons to berth because all ports
in HCMC?s inner-city areas can only receive ships
of 30,000 tons or less," he said.
Another reason for the early start of the project
is that phase one of the project will be funded with
Japan?s official development assistance (ODA) capital
and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
will disburse capital as from 2006. The ODA capital
accounts for 85% of the total investment capital in
phase one, estimated at VND4.7 trillion (US$295 million-plus).
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
signed an agreement with the transport ministry to
provide US$7 million in gratis aid for formulating
a detailed design for the project in March. The detailed
design will be completed in October next year.
The port system, when in place in 2009 for phase
one, will house two piers for general cargo ships
and two others for container ships. Second phase will
start after 2010 and include 10 piers with four for
general cargo and six for container ships.
Under the plan of the ministry, Cai Mep-Thi Vai Port
will also house Ba Son shipyard which is to be relocated
from the inner-city area.
* The future Hiep Phuoc Port Complex along the Soai
Rap River in HCMC?s Nha Be District will welcome developers
of general ports rather than specialized ports, Vice
Chairman Nguyen Van Dua said.
He said last week that he had sent this order to
State administrative agencies and Saigon Port, which
will build new ports in Hiep Phuoc next year to replace
operational ports in HCMC?s inner-city areas.
HCMC wants to develop Hiep Phuoc into a complex of
big ports for the city and Vietnam?s southeast as
a whole. The complex is expected to help boost the
development of relevant industries and services like
ship building and warehouse, Dua said.
He also told the Service of Planning and Investment
to support Tan Thuan Industry Development Co., the
port complex project owner, in borrowing about VND100
billion to use as compensations in clearing 600 hectares
of land for Hiep Phuoc Port Industrial Park. Part
of the sum will also be used for dredging the Soai
Source: By Song Nguyen - SGT-HCMC - 28