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"Strong about the sea, rich from the sea"

TTH.VN - In a recent exchange highlighting the province's efforts to focus on infrastructure development, Mr. Phan Quy Phuong, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, emphasized the goal of investing in infrastructure, particularly in ports, industrial zones, and customs-free zones, to serve production and business development.

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Mr. Phan Quy Phuong, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee 

With the aim of developing the coastal region, Tam Giang - Cau Hai Lagoon, and the Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone into one of the nation's strong maritime economic centers, Vice Chairman Phan Quy Phuong stated:

In recognizing the importance of the sea for the province's economic development, Thua Thien Hue has focused on leveraging the potential and strengths of the sea and the coastal areas with significant investments in infrastructure.

The province has concentrated on investing in rural infrastructure, irrigation and aquaculture, and transportation, contributing to the exploitation and development of tourism. Efforts have been made to address coastal erosion in Thuan An, Tu Hien, and Hai Duong, expand Thuan An Fishing Port, and provide clean water to coastal villages.

Chan May Port - one of the province's key infrastructures being invested 

Benefiting from its deep-water port advantage, Chan May Port has attracted investment and commenced the operations of three port bridges, totaling approximately 921 meters in length, with a total capacity of about 6 million tons per year.

The province has developed and put into operation several new world-class tourist destinations, particularly in the Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone. Besides, the province also continues to support investors in overcoming obstacles and accelerating the implementation of strategic investment projects across the province by investors such as BRG, Van Phu, the International Golf Course Project, and auxiliary service areas.

Apart from general incentive mechanisms and policies, what specific policies has the province implemented to encourage and attract container shipping lines and businesses to engage in import-export activities to utilize Chan May Port?

In the current global integration context, logistics is a key factor in determining the competitiveness of both the economy in general and the industries in particular. Logistics is crucial throughout the industrial production process of each locality.

Seaports play a vital role in the logistics supply chain serving the industrial sector, as most of the raw materials and output products are transported by sea.

To encourage and attract container shipping lines and businesses engaged in import-export activities to utilize Chan May Port, besides general incentive policies, the Provincial People's Council has issued a Resolution to pilot some policies to support shipping lines opening container transport routes and entities transporting goods by containers to and from Chan May Port.

Could you provide some more specific information about these policies?

For shipping lines, shipping agents are allowed to operate container transport businesses following regulations and handle cargo at Chan May Port along the route with a minimum frequency of 2 port calls per month, with a support level of 210 million VND per port call.

For enterprises, organizations, and individuals transporting goods by containers to and from Chan May Port (except temporary import-re-export goods and transited goods), the support level for a 20-foot container is 800 thousand VND per container; for a 40-foot container, it's 1.1 million VND per container.

 Large cargo ships entering Chan May Port. Photo by Tuan Kiet

Presently, there's a swift rise in the quantity of goods traversing Chan May Port. In 2023, around 4 - 4.5 million tons of goods moved through the port. With the container terminal is now operational at Chan May Port and the supportive policies of the province aiding shipping lines and businesses transporting containerized cargo via the port, there's an anticipation of a substantial ongoing surge in the volume of goods flowing through the port, originating from both local and non-local businesses.

Along with exploiting goods from Laos, Northeast Thailand, and neighboring countries, it is forecasted that by 2030, the volume of goods passing through Chan May Port will reach about 20 - 25 million tons per year.

The Chan May - Lang Co Economic Zone was established over 15 years ago, covering 28,000 hectares with various functional areas including ports, industrial zones, customs-free zones, urban areas, and tourism areas. This economic zone is identified as a national and international tourism and resort center in the key economic region of Central Vietnam. It is a city that develops clean and high-tech industries, etc., and is being planned to become a type 3 urban area - the future economic coastal city.

To prepare the infrastructure to meet the aforementioned demands, the Chan May Port area has been invested in constructing three port bridges with a total length of 921 meters, with the capacity to clear goods ranging from 5 - 6 million tons per year.

Docks 4 and 5 have been granted investment licenses by the Provincial Management Board of the Economic and Industrial Zone and are currently under construction. Docks 7 to 12 are being actively solicited for investment.

Recently, with the attention and direction of the Provincial People's Council, the Provincial People's Committee, Phase 1 of the Chan May Port Wave Barrier Project has been completed by the Provincial Management Board of the Economic and Industrial Zone, with a length of 450 meters. Phase 2 with a length of 300 meters is currently under investment and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2025, contributing to stabilizing and ensuring safe cargo operations in unfavorable weather conditions.

With the aim of robustly enhancing and integrating the infrastructure of Chan May Port, the Provincial Management Board of the Economic and Industrial Zone has recently directed significant resources towards investing in a comprehensive internal and external transportation network. This investment is intended to streamline the movement of goods to and from Chan May Port..

Furthermore, auctions for land use rights have been conducted to initiate logistics ventures in the KT1 and KT2 zones of Chan May Port, covering an approximate area of 43.6 hectares. Additionally, various warehouse and logistics infrastructure projects have been launched to enhance the warehouse system and associated technical infrastructure. These endeavors are aimed at advancing Chan May Port's development in a holistic, contemporary fashion, catering to the requirements of shipping lines and businesses.

To become a province to be "strong about the sea, rich from the sea", in the near future, what solutions will Thua Thien Hue Province implement to contribute to the further development of the local maritime economy?

Taking the potential and advantages of a coastal province, the maritime and lagoon economy is becoming a driving force for the province's development, contributing to the exploitation of tourism and aquaculture advantages. Thua Thien Hue Province has outlined development directions and solutions for the maritime economy, which have been specified in Prime Ministerial Decision No. 1745/QD-TTg dated December 30, 2023, approving the master plan for Thua Thien Hue Province for the period 2021 – 2030, with a vision extending to 2050.

Accordingly, building the maritime economy is one of the strong focal points nationwide, with a comprehensive, modern deep-water port system at Chan May integrated with the development of economic zones, industrial zones, coastal urban areas, and lagoons.

Thua Thien Hue is to construct the deep-water port system and Phu Bai International Airport to become the logistics hub of the North Central and Central Coast region. Besides, the province also focuses on developing modern coastal cities in the coastal strip and Tam Giang - Cau Hai lagoon area.

Furthermore, we are also linking with neighboring areas to develop the Central Central Coast marine economic cluster associated with building a leading international coastal economic center in Southeast Asia.

Thank you!

Story and photos: HA NGUYEN
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