Vietnam’s Long An International Port, a Dongtam Group’s flagship project, has officially connected its seven berths and launched container handling services after eight years of continuous construction.
The programme is an important highlight in the series of activities to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the Dongtam Group’s establishment.
The total length from berth 1 to berth 7 is 1.6 kilometres.
Long An International Port will reportedly extend to 10 berths in the next phase of development, including one berth for liquid/liquefied petroleum gas, three mooring buoys and one for big cruise ships to welcome domestic and foreign passengers.
According to the Dongtam Group, when the port is completed it will have the longest continuous berth length in Vietnam with 2.3 kilometres and be capable of receiving ships of up to 100,000 dead-weight tonnage (DWT).
The Group has reportedly spent more than $500 million on the port’s warehouses and yard area of up to 1 million square metres, truck fleet, sophisticated equipment, and amenities.
Additionally, the port has invested in six ship-to-shore (STS) and 18 rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes which are reportedly 100 per cent manufactured and assembled in Japan by Mitsui E&S Machinery.
Further investments will aim to constantly upgrade equipment towards the target of supporting 1 million TEU capacity.
“The project cluster brings benefits to the Mekong Delta,” stated Vo Quoc Thang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dongtam Group and Chairman of the Business Association of Long An Province.
“These benefits include attracting investments, optimising logistics costs, reducing product costs, increasing the competitiveness of goods in the region, contributing to the creation of new urban areas, and other positive social impact.”
Nguyen Minh Lam, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Long An Province, added: “The development of Long An International Port perfectly fits the strategy of developing and completing the transport infrastructure connecting the province with the surrounding area.
“This optimises logistics costs for businesses investing in Long An Province and the Mekong Delta, Long An International Port has contributed to solving logistics problems and is one of the driving forces for economic development in the Mekong Delta.”
In March of this year, APM Terminals (APMT) announced a strategic partnership with Vietnamese HATECO group for a project to develop two new deep-water berths at Lach Huyen port in Haiphong City, Vietnam.