|The port is also equipped with two cranes that can lift up to 40 tonnes and four crane hooks that are capable of loading 20,000 tonnes of goods in a day.— Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
BÀ RỊA-VŨNG TÀU — The Thị Vải International Port officially started operations from Monday after nearly 20 years of its approval.
Spanning across an area of more than 42,000sq.m, the port is capable of receiving cargo vessels and container ships weighing up to 50,000DWT and barges weighing up to 5,000DWT. The port’s major wharf is 300m in length and 27m in width. Two other barge wharves are 155m and 130m long.
The port is also equipped with two cranes that can lift up to 40 tonnes and four crane hooks that are capable of loading 20,000 tonnes of goods in a day. The project was licensed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment in May 1997. But it could not be operational due to several reasons.
The project is a joint venture of five investors from Japan and Việt Nam, including Việt Nam Steel Corporation and Vũng Tàu Shipping and Services Joint Stock Company.
Nguyễn Đình Việt, deputy head of Việt Nam Maritime Administration, told the Vietnam News Agency that with an annual capacity of 3.5 tonnes, the Thị Vải International Port was expected to contribute to ship 101-109 tonnes of goods in total annually through the Vũng Tàu port area by 2020.
Lê Tuấn Quốc, deputy head of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tài Province, asked for investors’ cooperation in effectively exploiting the Thị Vải International Port as well as investing in following phases of the project. — VNS