Belgian corporation eyes port development in Mekong Delta

23-Mar-2018 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Belgian engineering and investment company Rent-A-Port is interested in cooperating in port and inland waterway construction in the Mekong Delta, according to the Ministry of Transport.

At a working session with the ministry on March 16, a Rent-A-Port representative said that with experience in marine infrastructure development, the firm wants to cooperate in building ports and waterways in the Mekong Delta, which holds high potential for water transport of farm produce.

As Rent-A-Port sees it, vegetables and fruits in the delta can be exported in bulk to Qatar and Oman by building cold storage facilities and transporting such produce by boat to seaports for export. Therefore, the firm expected the ministry’s support to build marine infrastructure that serves farm exporters.

The firm also requested the ministry permit the building of port facilities at Hai Phong International Gateway Port Industrial Zone in the northern city of Hai Phong to handle ships of 100,000 tonnes.

It also wants permission to dredge the Chanh River in Quang Ninh Province with around 500,000 cubic meters of material to be removed in a pilot phase before dredging some six kilometers of the river. Such material will be used as backfilling materials at Tien Phong Industrial Park.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said that marine facilities for vegetables and fruits exports to the Middle East may help reduce road traffic and logistics costs as well as fuel the southern region’s socio-economic development.

However, the ministry wants Rent-A-Port to map out a detail plan, which the ministry will use as a basis to work with relevant localities and agencies over wheather the plan can be considered for the national seaport system development planning.

With regard to the river dredging proposal which may deliver economic and environmental efficiency, the firm also needs to present its specific plan, including environmental impact, to seek approval.


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