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Estuary reopens to fishing boats after dredging work

Update: May, 09/2014 - 08:17
Silt buildup from 2009 to 2013 in the estuary, which is at the mouth of the Da Rang River in the central province, had left many boats stranded. — Photo danviet

HCM CITY (VNS) — Boats can now travel freely through the Da Dien estuary in Phu Yen Province's Tuy Hoa City following months of dredging the waterway, the city's People's Committee said on Tuesday.

Silt buildup from 2009 to 2013 in the estuary, which is at the mouth of the Da Rang River in the central province, had left many boats stranded.

About 75 per cent of the dredging has been completed, according to Bao Chau Private Enterprise, the project's contractor.

To solve the problem of silt buildup, the provincial People's Committee last year gave the Tuy Hoa People's Committee the go-ahead to dredge the canal.

Under the project, the estuary was dredged at a length of 700 metres, a width of 100-140 metres and a depth of 3.5 metres to ensure travel of boats with an engine capacity of 200-400 horsepower.

Cao Van Loc, an official of the Ward 6's Fish Port in Tuy Hoa City, said that in the last four months, few boats had sunk or had been stranded.

"Fishermen are glad," he said.

Bao Chau is also continuing to dredge a vessel line 1,300 metres long and 60 metres wide that runs from the estuary to Dong Tac Fish Port in Tuy Hoa City's Phu Dong Ward.

The enterprise, which paid for the dredging, was allowed by authorities to sell the sand to cover the cost of nearly VND12 billion (US$570,000), said Ho Duc Hung, deputy chairman of the Tuy Hoa People's Committee.

The dredging will ensure the safe travel of fishing boats with an engine capacity of up to 300 horsepower from the estuary to the Dong Tac Fish Port.

The Da Dien estuary is a mouth of the Da Rang River which runs through the Central Highland provinces of Kon Tum and Gia Lai and the central province of Phu Yen.

The river is called Ba, Ea Pa and Ia Pa in its upstream areas. — VNS

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