According to a report by the Waterway Projects Management Unit, under the Ministry of Transport, the investment project to open a wateway for large cargo ships to enter the Hau river has been formulated and submitted to the governmet for approval.
The project, with an investment capital of VND3.2 trillion ($200 million), proposes upgrading the 40 kilometre waterway, including the digging of a 9km shortcut canal through to the sea, to make it a stable depth wateway leading to the Quan Chanh Bo canal in Tra Vinh province which is navigable for fully loaded 10,000dwt ships and half-loaded 20,000dwt ships to enter the Hau river.
The waterway will replace the Dinh An canal which frequently silts up.
The waterway to replace the Dinh An canal is an important condition for deciding the pace of the region's socio-economic development.
The steering committee has agreed to the project with investors and the people's comittee of the Mekong Delta provinces and will ask the government to quickly approve the project, which is to be implemented with capital from goverment bonds.