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Sand clogs Binh Dinh seaport

Update: February, 11/2014 - 14:00
Sand has been clogging the Tam Quan Seaport in Hoai Nhon District, the central province of Binh Dinh, for a month now.— Photo fistenet 

BINH DINH (VNS) — Sand has been clogging the Tam Quan Seaport in Hoai Nhon District, the central province of Binh Dinh, for a month now.

This is posing difficulties to ships arriving and departing from the port.

La Phai, a local seaman, said that the seaport has been getting badly clogged more and more in the past few years.

After the local authorities hired ships to remove the sand, the condition improved for a short while. But the seaport got clogged again when the wind and waves were strong, he said.

Local fishing ships, especially the big vessels, often had to make landfall at the Quy Nhon fishing port or other safer and more convenient ports, he said.

Deputy chairman of the Tam Quan Bac People's Committee Diep Van Thuong said that the State had built a 400-metre-long dike to block the waves in 2006 to prevent the sand from filling up the seaport.

The dike was extended by 400 metres in 2009. However, the amount of sand has increased over the previous years and scientists say that it's due to climate change, Phai said.

Five ships have had accidents while entering and leaving the seaport since last year, causing losses of nearly 12 billion dong.

To deal with the problem, the Tam Quan Bac Commune People's Committee last Saturday signed a contract with the Thien Kim Construction Co Ltd for dredging the port. So far, two ships have pumped out 6,000 cubic metres of the 30,000 cubic metres of sand in the port.

Vu Thanh Tung, a technical worker of the HD-1029 ship, said that the ship can pump out 140 cubic metres of sand per day. However, it pumps out the sand only thrice daily due to shortage of workers.

It's expected that by this Saturday more workers would be assigned so that the ships can pump out the sand about 15 times per day, he said.— VNS

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