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Transportation via coastal shipping route surges 154%

Update: December, 14/2017 - 16:30
The increase in shipping volume in the first ten months of this year was pegged at 154 per cent to 21 million tonnes of cargo, as compared to the same period last year. — Photo baogiaothong.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Shipping volume through the coastal route of Quảng Ninh-Quảng Bình-Bình Thuận-Kiên Giang in the first 10 months of the year rose rapidly.

The increase in volume was pegged at 154 per cent to 21 million tonnes of cargo, as compared to the same period last year. 

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) revealed the information at a conference in Hà Nội on Wednesday. 

During the period, more than 23,000 river-sea compatible ships operated on the route, up 163 per cent, year-on-year. 

Head of the MoT’s Department of Transport, Trần Bảo Ngọc, said that since its launch in July 2014, more than 46.8 million tonnes of freight, or 1,171 tonnes a month, had been transported through the route. 

At the conference, transportation businesses and localities stressed on the importance of the coastal shipping route, expressing hope that the MoT will support the development of coastal transportation. 

Lauding enterprises’ investment into the route, Deputy Minister of Transport, Nguyễn Nhật, said this helped connect industrial zones in coastal areas, while easing land traffic jams. 

He asked the Vietnam Maritime Administration, the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration and the Vietnam Register to amend regulations to reduce costs for enterprises and ensure safety on the route. 

Information technology must be used to manage the route, he urged. — VNS

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