The Van Phong Bay Development Investment Company announced on January 7 a delegation of experts from Europe and the US will come to Van Phong Bay in Khanh Hoa province in the first quarter of 2005 to conduct a survey of the bay to help preparations for a detailed planning of Van Phong international transshipment port.
Twenty-two foreign ships were detained at Haiphong Port Authority (HPA)in 2004 for failing to meet the clauses in the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea, and other maritime codes relating to the prevention of pollution of the sea.
A shipment of cassava from the Central Highlands province of Kontum was exported via Danang Port yesterday, and this is the first shipment from a locality in the Central Highlands to be sent abroad via the port.
The 44,000-dwt cargo ship Ojinew Century flying the Panamanian flag on December 27, 2004 docked at Vung Ang Port in central Vietnam to receive a shipment of 38,000 tonnes of wood chips for Japan, becoming the largest-ever ship to enter the port.
The total volume of goods passing through the ports of Vietnam Seaports Association in Ho Chi Minh City in 2004 increased by 11 per cent over last year to about 25 million tonnes, accounting for over one third of the total nationwide, according to Vietnam Seaport Association (VPA), which compiled statistics from cargo reports by member ports.
HCMC remains the biggest gateway for import-export activities as throughput at seaports here increases by 11 % this year to an estimated 25 million tons, or more than one-third of the total national figure, a port official said.
Singapore agribusiness Bunge has recently signed a 10-year exclusive throughput agreement with Phu My Port in Vietnam that will help enhance its position as a leading soybean meal supplier in the country.