Vietnam gets new giant seaport in south

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Representatives of JICA visit the Cai Mep-Thi Vai international port

The Cai Mep Thi Vai international port was inaugurated in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau January 28.

The 76-ha seaport, whose construction began in late 2008, cost VND12.9 trillion ($61.9 million), with part of the money coming from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the rest from the government.

Located in Tan Thanh District at the mouth of the Thi Vai and Cai Mep Rivers, it has two docks that can berth container ships with a capacity of 100,000 DWT, and cargo ships of 500,000 tons.

They can handle 700,000 twenty-foot containers and two million tons of cargo a year.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai highlighted the assistance from the Japanese and said the port would boost the development of Ho Chi Minh City.

The port is expected to serve as a gateway for imports and exports by industrial zones in the south and help speed up relocation of ports out of HCMC.

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