|The Diem Ho harbour was completed at the end of last year in the northern province of Thai Binh, but few ships are using the facility. — VNA/VNS Photo Thu Hoai
THAI BINH (VNS) — The Diem Ho harbour was completed at the end of last year in the northern province of Thai Binh, but few ships are using the facility.
It took two years to complete the harbour in Thai Thuong Commune, Thai Thuy District, with investment of VND106 billion (US$5 million) funded by the State and provincial budget.
Thai Thuy District has a 30km coastline and the number of fishing boats increases each year, so in 2012, the Thai Binh People's Committee decided to build the harbour.
The harbour can house over 100 vessels with a capacity of under 300CV.
When Typhoon Kujira hit last month with wind speeds of 75-88km per hour, the coastal districts Tien Hai and Thai Thuy called their fishing vessels back to safety, but none of them took cover in Diem Ho.
Instead they went to old harbours in Diem Dien Town and Tan Son fishing port.
Do Khac Bang, chairman of the Thai Thuong Commune People's Committee in Thai Thuy District, said that fishing boats refused to berth in the new harbour because it did not have trees to block the wind.
Heavy rains together with flood-tides and strong winds could also capsize the boats, he said.
The harbour is also situated far from market, making it difficult for fishermen to sell their catches.
Bui The Dan, director of the Thai Thuy District Infrastructure Management Board, said that local seamen refused to go to the new harbour because they were used to berthing along the Diem River.
The river is near the market, main roads and residential areas which is much easier for trade and transport.
Bang said the commune would ask provincial authorities to plant trees to provide shelter.
The commune will also inform local residents about the benefits of the new harbour. — VNS