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One more year to have road to Hiep Phuoc Port
Although 200 meters of pier has been constructed, the 2.3-km road leading to Hiep Phuoc Port has not got off the ground due to the lack of funding, said Huynh Van Cuong, deputy director of Saigon Port Co. Ltd., which is relocating its port to Hiep Phuoc Port.
“We have recently asked for capital to develop this road. As soon as the HCMC Department of Transport gives the nod, work on the road will start this September. “It is expected that the road will be completed within 12-18 months, around the time when the construction of the port and the dredging of the Soai Rap River are finished in 2014.”
Speaking about a plan for using the current location of Saigon Port, he did not elaborate on who would take over the land but said an investor would advance some VND1 trillion for his company to complete Hiep Phuoc Port.
Work started on Hiep Phuoc Port in May 2009. The project is set for completion in 2014.
Pier No. 3 with a length of 200 meters has been put into service, while Pier No. 2, which is 400 meters long, is 60% complete.
Goods are now transported to Hiep Phuoc Port by water only due to the absence of an access road.
Another port in a similar situation is Phu Huu Port. The 2.6-km road linking Phu Huu Port and Nguyen Duy Trinh Street was completed early this month. However, trucks are banned on Nguyen Duy Trinh Street because this road is narrow with just two lanes.
The HCMC Department of Transport has recently suggested the city expand the street to allow trucks to use this road to reach the port.
Phu Huu Port, which cost VND327 billion in the first phase, is recognized by the Vietnam Maritime Administration as an international port.
The port is capable of receiving 36,000-DWT vessels with its 320m pier. Equipped with three large cranes, the port got ready for service in July 2010 but ever since it has not been operational as the lack of an approach road has prevented trucks moving into and out of the port.