Viet Nam International Port in Ha Tinh Receives First Container Cargo

Tugboats sail close to a container ship.
Sea ports are vital for trade. Photo credit: ADB

Vung Ang Port (Lao-Viet International Port), a sea port in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam received its first container ship on 10 April. 

The sea port is seen to facilitate cargo shipments from Viet Nam to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Thailand's northeastern region, and Viet Nam's central provinces.

The shipment was transported from Tan Cang Port in Hai Phong, Viet Nam. The Vung Ang Port can accommodate cargo ships of up to 50,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage) and container ships of up to 2,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The transport route via Vung Ang Port is in line with the promotion of logistics services in Ha Tinh Province until 2030. 

In the ceremony held to mark the occasion, Nguyen Nhat, Viet Nam's Deputy Minister of Transport, noted that industry investment focusing on the Vung Ang economic zone and the sea-based economy is necessary for Ha Tinh's economic breakthrough.

The Asian Development Bank-supported Basic Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth in the North Central Provinces Sector Project in Viet Nam aims to rehabilitate and upgrade provincial road and district roads in four north central provinces, including Ha Tinh. It also aims to support water supply infrastructure networks, sea and river protection, and drainage works.

This article was first published by the Greater Mekong Subregion on 23 April 2021.