return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Hong River transport faces obsticles

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite having geological advantages and low costs, waterway transport in the Hong River Delta hasn't been fully exploited due to obstacles in infrastructure and burdensome procedures for businesses operating in the field,

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite having geological advantages and low costs, waterway transport in the Hong (Red) River Delta hasn't been fully exploited due to obstacles in infrastructure and burdensome procedures for businesses operating in the field, experts said.



{keywords}

 

A barge travels along a stretch of Hong (Red) River in Ha Noi. The city waterway transport is not fully exploited because of obstacles in infrastructure and burdensome procedures. — Photo: VNA/VNS

 

 

Nguyen Thuy Nguyen, Chairman of the management board of the Waterway Transport Corporation (VIVASO), said investment in waterway transport in the delta has been modest compared with other modes of transportation.

Investment for one kilometre of road can reach VND500 billion (US$22.2 million), for example, while only several billion of dong are spent on dredging one kilometre of river, he told Tin Tuc (News) newspaper.

There was no connection between waterways, railways and roads so businesses had to pay a lot of money for logistics costs or costs to load or unload goods and carry goods from trains to boats and vice versa. Thus, it lowered the competitiveness of this way of transport, Nguyen said.

Experts said a weak point of inland transport was that it only transported construction materials with big quantities like cement, sand, bricks and steel but no consumer goods.

They also attributed the low effectiveness of waterway transport in Song Hong (Red River) Delta to inadequate infrastructure in the region.

Inland ports and wharves were scattered and small scale in the delta.

Although waterway transport routes were upgraded annually by the government, the water level was not stable in the dry season and the rivers often needed dredging to allow the passage of bigger vessels.

The system of loading and unloading goods is backward and does not meet the requirement for the job, especially for containers, experts said.

To improve the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Hoang Hong Giang, head of Viet Nam Inland Waterway Administration (VIWA), said the link between waterways and other modes of transport needed reviewing to set up concrete plans and priority should be given to private investment in waterway transport.

It was necessary to mobilise all financial sources from the society to invest in waterway transport together with the exploitation of existing infrastructure, he said.

In the future, the VIWA proposed the government to put inland waterways on the list of sectors that enjoy preferential investments.

Regulations on river transport fees would be compiled and plans on waterway transport would be reviewed to ensure a synchronised waterway transport infrastructure.

The VIWA has suggested that the Ministry of Transport revise and supplement legal documents relating to the management of waterway infrastructure.

It also proposed that the ministry reduce the administrative procedures from 88 to 57 by the end of next year.

It is hoped that the reduction would create favourable conditions for people and waterway transport firms in accessing the service and helping reduce time and costs for ship owners and their crews, Giang said.

Waterway transport had huge potential in the Hong (Red River) Delta because it involved 10 out of the 18 main river routes in Viet Nam and had a total length of 1,550km of rivers and canals.

The region is also home to economic hubs such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh which have high demand for coal and building materials.

With nearly 1,200 inland ports and wharves, the waterway transport in the delta has the capacity of handling 102 million tonnes of goods per year.

VNS

MORE NEWS

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 6

HCM City to be next destination of Italian Film Festival 2022

2023 AFF Club Championship schedule, structure announced

The 2023 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Club Championship will start on September 27 2023, and end on May 15, 2024, the AFF Competition Committee announced at an online meeting on Monday.

HCM City’s dengue fever deaths highest in decade

HCMC recorded some 25 deaths due to dengue by October 2, the highest in a decade, according to the HCMC Center for Disease Control.

Hospitality providers in Hanoi Old Quarter revive

Hospitality providers in Hanoi’s Old Quarter have been gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 15, most of them have so far been brought back to life.

After discovery of fake VietGAP-certification, 12 units under probe

After local media reported about vegetables with counterfeited VietGAP certificates, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) asked for a review of 12 certification units and threatened to strictly punish any violators.

Another three Vietnamese digital platforms qualify for being popularized

Vietnam is expected to maintain its seventh place in the number of new app downloads globally.

Foreign travel website suggests 10 best things when visiting Vietnam

Kayaking in the waters of picturesque Cat Ba island and taking a food tour to sample delicacies around Ho Chi Minh City are among the 10 best things to do in Vietnam, according to UK-based travel website Time Out.

Vietnam’s coconut kingdom protects organic coconut areas by biological methods

When the trend of consuming organic products is increasingly popular, the development of organic material sources has become an urgent requirement. Protecting these sources has become a great concern of producers in many countries around the world.

Electronics industry capacity must keep up with increased investment

Vietnam needs policies to enable the electronics industry to ready its supply chain as the country becomes ever more attractive for investment, Deputy Director of the Industry Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade Pham Tuan Anh said.

VN central bank shifts up interest rates to combat US Fed adjustments

After the State Bank of Vietnam implemented the new operational interest rate on September 23, all joint-stock commercial banks, with the exception of state-owned ones, have adjusted the deposit interest rate for most terms.

HCM City targets international cruise tourists

Ho Chi Minh City has great potential to attract international cruise tourists as part of an effort to speed up tourism recovery post-pandemic, experts said.

Waste criteria lacking for nation’s IPs

Vietnam’s industrial parks are in the process of transitioning to more ecological models, but are struggling due to a lack of regulations on reusing treated waste and wastewater.

Vietnam experiences solid rise in production

The Vietnamese manufacturing sector rose solidly inside growth territory at the end of the third quarter of the year.

VN-Index bounces back from two-year low

The benchmark VN-Index on Wednesday regained the 1,100-point landmark after falling to a two-year low, but low liquidity may threaten the market recovery in the next sessions.
back_to_top