VIETNAM, July 25 – QUẢNG NAM — Chu Lai Port owned by Trường Hải International Logistics Limited Company of THACO Group has invested in infrastructure, equipment, technology and services to ensure its development is commensurate directions for long-term planning and development.
It includes the construction of a wharf capable of accommodating 50,000 ton vessels, which will greatly improve the capacity of the logistics supply chain, facilitate import and export, create a driving force for productive activities and to effectively exploit the potential and advantages of the region.
One of 15 Tier 1 ports (national seaport, regional hub) of Việt Nam’s seaport development master plan for the period 2021-30, with a vision up to 2050, Chu Lai Port in Quảng Nam province plays an important role in imports and exports and promoting trade for the central regions and central highlands.
Chu Lai Port was built in 2012 to meet THACO’s transportation and import-export needs after investing in the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone.
Logistic costs in Quảng Nam were 50% or even 100% higher than on the south-north route, and thus the development of Chu Lai port and ancillary services greatly contributed to reducing logistic costs.
It has become a major logistics hub serving freight forwarding and transportation of import and export goods for businesses in the central regions and central highlands.
Over the past few years, THACO’s cross-industry interests, ranging from automotive, engineering and agriculture to support industries, construction, trade and services, have grown, making it a major customer of the port of Chu Lai.
In addition, companies based in industrial parks like Tam Thăng, Bắc Chu Lai, Dung Quất and VSIP also have an increasing demand for logistics services to meet their production and export needs.
Trương Hoàn Lạc, director of the Quảng Nam Maritime Port Authority, said the volume of imports and exports through the ports has increased rapidly, especially for machinery, components and equipment serving projects in the central and central highlands, and is expected to exceed 4 million. tonnes this year and 13-16 million tonnes by 2030. CBU car exports using containers at Chu Lai Port. — Photo courtesy of THACO
With growing demand, local ports, especially Chu Lai, need to expand and develop their infrastructure to improve the region’s logistics capacity.
Lê Trí Thanh, chairman of the people’s committee of Quảng Nam province, said that Chu Lai will definitely become the main port of the central region if it perfects the canals and warehouse system, attracts more sources of cargo and capitalizes on the regular transport needs of the THACO group.
The largest container port in the central region
During a visit to the province in March, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính said that Chu Lai could become an important transshipment port for the central highlands provinces and even for Laos, and asked THACO, by through a public-private partnership, to help expand the port to accommodate large ships.
To meet certain urgent needs, the port is building a wharf to receive ships up to 50,000 tons. The existing Kỳ Hà canal is quite long (about 11 km) but not deep enough to allow large vessels.
To reduce the distance, the Prime Minister instructed Quảng Nam Province to develop the Cửa Lở Canal to accommodate 50,000 ton ships. The province will also dredge the Kỳ Hà channel to increase its depth from 8.5m to 10m.
Chu Lai Port has completed all documents and procedures for the 365m downstream wharf expansion project which connects to the existing one (471m), has a depth of 14.7m and is expected to open in September 2023 .
It is built with scalable infrastructure to accommodate 100,000 ton ships in the future.
The port acquires many modern loading and unloading equipment such as STS gantry cranes (reaching 40 m, lifting capacity 42 tons) at the quays, an RTG wheel crane and forklifts, and expands warehouses, parks container, logistics and non-tariff services. areas to improve storage and handling.
The port, logistics and non-tariff area has an area of 142 ha, of which 50 ha have been completed in phase 1 in 2021 and another 50 ha will be used in phase 2 in 2022 – 2023.
THACO is expanding the area to 170 ha by 2025.
The projects to develop the Cửa Lở and Kỳ Hà canals and a wharf to accommodate 50,000 ton vessels will contribute to completing the port infrastructure of Quảng Nam, with the port of Chu Lai as a focal point, to meet the growing needs import and export in the region.
Trần Bá Dương, President of THACO, said, “We are working to commission the 50,000 ton wharf and the new channel by 2025 and ensure that the logistics costs are as low as on the northern route. -south, even cheaper, while going faster. ”
With modern infrastructure and an abundant source of goods, Chu Lai is expected to become the largest container port in the central region, helping enterprises to boost production and exports while attracting investment, to contribute to its socio-economic development. . —VNS