Hai Phong Port Joint Stock Company and Hateco Group Joint Stock Company are preparing the final procedures for early 2022 to start construction of the remaining 4 ports in the port area of Lach Huyen, Hai Phong.
Before that, the Hai Phong voters issued Official Letter No. 277/BDN on August 30, 2021, asking the Ministry of Transport and ministries and sectors to continue to pay attention and to create conditions on investment resources and procedures to continue implementing the next investment projects at Hai Phong International Gateway. Ports are built based on modern technology, applying advanced information technology that improves the competitiveness of seaports in the region and the world.
Previously, No.1 Port and No.2 Port, which are in Lach Huyen, are equipped with advanced and modern loading and unloading equipment in May 2018 with a design capacity of approximately 1.1 million TEU/ year. The cargo volume through two ports in 2019, 2020 and the first 9 months of 2021 reached 353,632 TEUs, respectively; 659,684 TEUs, and 520,000 TEUs.
In addition, No.3 Port and No.4 Port in this area, which has been approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 1323 / QDTG dated October 9, 2019, has been assigned to Hai Phong Port Joint Stock Company as the investor. According to this decision, Hai Phong Port Joint Stock Company will build these projects with a total length of 750 m, a width of 50 m, capable of receiving container ships with a tonnage of 100,000 DWT.
The investor is in the stage of selecting contractors for the CE package (design and construction) and will complete this phase in December 2021. Constructions are expected to begin in January 2022 and are completed entirely by 2025. No.3 Port is going to be completed and is going to be put into operation at terminal No. 3 in December 2023. No.4 Port is going to be completed in June 2024.
In addition, the investment in No. 5 Port and No. 6 Port‘s project was also approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 299/QD-TTg (March 4, 2021). The investor is Hateco Group Joint Stock Company, with a total investment of VND6,425 billion and an area of nearly 60ha.
The two container terminals have a total length of 750 m (each port is 375 m long), receiving ship sizes that are up to 100,000 DWT (8,000 TEUs); 1 barge dock receiving ships, barges carrying 48 TEUs; port protection works, warehousing systems, port service infrastructure, ship parking water and water zones connected to the Public Maritime Flow of Lach Huyen. Investors are implementing procedures following regulations, expected to start construction in early 2022 with 4 terminals (from no.3 to no.6) in operation in the period of 2023 – 2025.
However, according to the Master Plan of Vietnam’s seaport development system from 2021 to 2030, toward 2050 vision has been approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 1579/QD-TTg dated September 22, 2021, the size of container ships in The Lach Huyen Port Area has a capacity of from 6,000 TEUs to 18,000 TEUs. Therefore, at the end of July 2021, the Ministry of Transport reported to the Prime Minister requesting to adjust the size of receiving vessels at this port from 12,000 TEUs to 18,000 TEUs; the length from pier 5 to downstream is 450 m/berth; the barge dock receives barges carrying 160 TEUs.
Hateco has also petitioned the Ministry of Transport, People’s Committee of Hai Phong to approve for detailed planning adjustment of No. 5 Port and No. 6 Port in The Lach Huyen Port Area according to the recently approved general plan. Specifically, increase the length of the winning line from 375 m / berth to 450 m / berth and increase the size of the operating vessel to 6,000 – 18,000 TEUs.
The Ministry of Transport also added that investors are now strengthening the implementation of procedures as prescribed to start construction of the remaining 4 ports from No. 3 to 6 in Lach Huyen Port. It is expected to start construction of 4 container ports of more than VND13,000 billion by 2022 with modern electricity technology that is meeting international standards.