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May 13, 2008

HCM looks to speed up seaport relocation plan

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has submitted a proposal to the Vietnamese Government, asking for support to help speed up its seaport relocation plan, reported Vietnam News Agency.

The committee's vice chairman, Nguyen Trung Tin, wants the Government to urge national-level ministries to work with the city more closely to hasten the building of infrastructure for new seaports and shipyards.

The city plans to invest VND11,000 billion ($700 million) to relocate current inner-city seaports to the outlying region, with most completion expected by 2010.

Under the plan, the Tan Cang (New Port) and the Ba Son Shipyard will be the first to be relocated. The Cat Lai area on the Dong Nai River in District 2 will be the new location for the Tan Cang (New Port).

Meanwhile, the Ba Son Shipyard will be moved to the 21-ha Cai Mep area on the Thi Vai River, recognised by experts as a prime spot for the construction of a large-scale container port. Experts say the Thi Vai River has the best flow in the countrys river system.

The 42-km long rivers length and depth will allow various kinds of large-scale vessels, including those up to 30,000 DWT. Because of this, the Cai Mep area will become the new location for the Sai Gon Port, one of the countrys biggest seaports.

The city government's policy of relocating local seaports is crucial to the modernisation and future development of both the local seaport system and economy, officials said.

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