The Royal Caribbean International Group (RCI) and Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation on Sunday signed an agreement to upgrade Chan May Port in the central province of Thua Thien Hue.
RCI will invest US$5 million in upgrading the port's infrastructure system so that it can receive large vessels carrying up to 4,000-5,000 passengers each. At present, the port serves vessels with 3,000 passengers.
Chan May is among 46 seaports, which are chosen by the Asia Cruise Association to be a destination for pleasure boats in the Southeast Asia region.
Chan May port has received 23,581 visitors from Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, England, the US, Canada and Australia this year.
The number is expected to rocket up by the year-end, reaching 68,113 visitors, up 193 percent over 2014.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Viet Nam's footwear dominates in Brazil
The Ministry of Industry and Trade's Viet Nam Industrial and Trade Information Centre said Viet Nam had surpassed Indonesia, China and Paraguay to become the largest footwear exporter to Brazil.
The total export turnover of Viet Nam to Brazil was $336 million last year, accounting for 52.8 per cent of the country's total footwear import turnover.
In the 2010-2014 period, Viet Nam's footwear export growth was an average 26 per cent per year compared to other top footwear exporters, which averaged 15 per cent per year.
Tuoi Tre (The Youth)
Scales installed to detect overloaded trucks
The Viet Nam Expressway Services Engineering JS Co (VEC-E), the management unit of the HCM City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway, has installed an automatic truck scale to prevent overloaded vehicles using the expressway.
VEC-E said the weighing system would be activated this week. Date about all trucks will be collected before they enter the expressway and sent to authorities. Those found to carry more weight than permitted will be stopped.
The Swiss vehicle-weighing system includes four sensor bars installed under the road surface. When trucks run over the system, data about their load will be analysed and those overloaded can be instantly detected. Cameras installed at the toll station will capture the registered plate numbers of these vehicles.
Saigon Times Daily
Counterfeit, illegal products detected
In six months, market management agencies in the country discovered and handed out fines in 55,234 cases involving fake and illegal products, an increase of 13.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.
The total fine was more than VND233 billion (US$10.7 million) submitted to the State budget.
The illegal and counterfeit goods are mainly cigarettes, monosodium glutamate, detergent, motorbike parts, fertiliser, cosmetics and garments transported to remote areas for sale.
Lao Dong (Labour)