Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company (IPC) has begun to dredge the Soai Rap River to expand the second marine channel leading to Ho Chi Minh City ports in an effort to reduce traffic jams caused by trucks coming into and out of the ports.
|The Soai Rap River is dredged to expand the second marine channel leading to Ho Chi Minh City ports|
The work, which began on April 27, is also expected to ease traffic on the Long Tau River connecting the city with the East Sea, which is now crowded with passenger and cargo vessels.
Pham Xuan Binh, IPC deputy director, said the work would take place in three phases. The first, to last until 2010, would see 30,000-50,000-dwt ships pass through, he said.
The second, in 2012-13 would see 50,000-70,000 ton ships come up to the Hiep Phuoc harbor complex, and after 2015 the river would be dredged to a depth of 12 meters, allowing 70,000-ton vessels, he added.
Since a number of top port operators have come to invest in Ho Chi Minh City, opening the Soai Rap navigation channel along with a new seaport system will contribute to the economic development of the city and southern provinces.
The areas along the river, including Long An and Tien Giang, will also be able to develop many ports and port services once the Soai Rap become navigable for large vessels.
It will also provide a waterway link between HCMC and the Mekong Delta.