|Trần Đề seaport in Sóc Trăng Province. The State plans to develop a national deep-water seaport here. — Photo baodautu.vn
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport plans to develop Trần Đề seaport in Sóc Trăng Province into a national deep-water seaport with large scale by using private investment.
Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể made the statement at a meeting on adjusting port plans in the southern province of Sóc Trăng held on Tuesday in Hà Nội.
The construction of Trần Đề seaport will not use State funds, Thể said.
“The ministry will build a legal framework, create mechanisms and announce a clear development plan on deep-water ports in the province to call for private investment like the Vân Đồn international airport,” Giao thông (Transport) newspaper quoted Thể as saying.
This project is estimated to need total capital of US$4.1 billion, according to the Construction Consultation Joint Stock Company of Maritime Building (CMB). When the seaport comes into operation, it will be able to receive vessels with capacity from 50,000 DWT.
Thể said now, both the east and the west of the Mekong Delta (Cửu Long Delta) do not have any large general ports. The major seaports are inland ports depending on rivers such as Tiền River, Hậu River and Gành Hào River.
Exports and imports must be shipped via the Cần Thơ port and the Cái Mép – Thị Vải port, or via the Cần Thơ port and ports in Singapore. That has made increased transport costs for these activities, reducing the competitiveness of goods.
Therefore, it is urgent to build a large seaport, creating a breakthrough for the whole Mekong Delta region.
If a large seaport is built in Sóc Trăng, all import and export goods will be transported faster, increasing revenue, he said. The seaport will create opportunities to develop industrial parks for farming regions with low efficiency. — VNS