Vietnam to limit ship calls to HCM City

Vietnam to limit ship calls to HCM City

Trying to kill two birds with one stone, authorities in Vietnam are soon to announce plans to limit the number of ships calling in congested, and shallow water Ho Chi Minh City in a bid to shift them to the underutilised ports complex at Cai Mep to the south.

The Vietnam Maritime Administration will shortly announce measures to stimulate traffic at Cai Mep, a $1.75bn series of deepwater box terminals created in 2009 that have been running at a significant loss ever since.

Other Southeast Asian nations have tried similar initiatives with mixed success. Thailand managed the shift from Bankok Port to Laem Chabang Port very well, but ongoing efforts in the Philippines to move traffic from the congested capital, Manila, to either Batangas to the south or Subic Bay to the north, have met with only limited take up.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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