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Completion of Chu Lai Port expansion project
6/28/2017 1:56:48 PM
After nearly one year of construction since August 2016, up to now, the project of Chu Lai Port expansion (Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, Quang Nam Province) has been completed and put into operation by THACO, contributing its part to improve the logistics service chain and aiming towards the strategic goal of building Chu Lai Port into the logistics center of the key economic region in the central area of Vietnam.
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Chu Lai Port Expansion Project, which is constructed by Chu Lai - Truong Hai Port Limited Company, includes the following items: expansion of the berth upstream; Expansion and upgrading of the warehouse system; Completion of infrastructure, etc. The project has a total cost of 120 billion VND, raising the level of investment to build Chu Lai Port from 2010 to the present time to nearly 800 billion VND totally.

Extended 171 meters upstream, the Chu Lai berth has a total length of nearly 500 meters, with a depth alongside berth of -9.5m, capable of receiving three vessels of 20,000 tons at the same time, including general cargo ships and liquid cargo ships (previously receiving at most 2 vessels of 20,000 tons). Besides, the warehouse and workshop system will be expanded from 71,040 square meters (2016) to 91,200 square meters, including bonded warehouses (57,600 square meters), warehouses (13,440 square meters), unpackaged cargo inspection workshops (20,160 square meters), among which the unpackaged cargo inspection workshop is an entirely new item that has been put into operation in early 2017.

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After the project is put into operation, Chu Lai Port is divided into 3 separate functional areas for different types of cargo, including: containers, bulks, and liquid cargo to meet the needs of ship liners and businesses in the area when arriving at the port to load, unload, and deliver freight. In addition to the warehouse system is a solid logistics area for cargo transferred through the port, Chu Lai Port also invests loading and unloading equipment such as Liebherr cranes, tire cranes, container reach stackers, Folk Lift forklifts with modern and complete loading and unloading equipment, with tugboats and more than 20 high-capacity tractors ... to ensure optimum port performance.

In addition to serving the needs of transportation of finished products, materials, spare parts for automotive production and assembly and supporting industries of THACO in Chu Lai, the port also provides a variety of useful services for external businesses and customers, including: ship towing and rescue services; cargo loading, unloading, tallying, and warehousing; domestic inland shipping, freight forwarding and shipping agents; Bridge and berth services, and related shipping services. In the first 6 months of 2017, the port has received 150 ships; Implementing nearly 200 ship towing services; Handling 23,000 TEUs of containers and 140,000 tons of bulk cargo, equivalent to 600,000 tons of cargo through the port. In particular, containerized cargos are increased by 10% compared to 2016.

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Mr Tran Huu Hoang, Director of THACO Logistics cum Director of Chu Lai Port, said that among the total volume of cargo through the port, 15% of the volume belong to more than 50 external enterprises, mainly foods, agricultural products, plastic pieces, tires, paints, chemicals, batteries, consumer goods, etc. With the expansion and upgrading of port infrastructure, especially with the advantages of THACO Logistics’ full-package and intermodal delivery and transport, in the coming time, the goods amount of the external enterprises to the port will increase significantly. In addition, to optimize shipping costs for THACO and its customers, in 2017, THACO Logistics will offer a discount of 10% on all types of services with modified and appropriate solutions to link with partners to cut costs. Regarding sea shipping, besides domestic shipping lines, there are two-way Chu Lai - Fangcheng (China); Chu Lai - Incheon (South Korea) shipping routes. In forthcoming time, the company will continue to open international maritime routes from South Korean, Chinese, and Japanese ports directly to Chu Lai Port, opening up opportunities to trade goods from Chu Lai Open Economic Zone to sea ports in the world and reduce transportation costs for investors in the key economic region in central Vietnam.

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According to Mr Hoang, in order to build Chu Lai Port into a logistics center of the central key economic region, in the 2018-2020 period, Chu Lai Port has proposed Quang Nam province support in dredging the channel to a depth of -10.7 m to accommodate 30,000-tonne vessels by 2019, and further to a depth of -12m to accommodate 40,000-tonne vessels after 2020. 
Reportedly, Chu Lai Port was built in 2010 and put into operation since May 2012; it is a seaport whose access channel from buoy 0 has a length of 11 kilometers, wind-tight, connected to National Highway 1A and Da Nang - Quang Ngai Highway, convenient for cargo vessel from entering and exiting the port. The port is built based on a modern port model with a berth-to-shore structure, using advanced Larsen technology around the world. The port's capacity is 1.5 million tons of cargo and 150,000 TEUs of containers per year.
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