Vietnam’s shipping department has drafted a proposal to dredge Cai Mep via the Thi Vai passage for 100,000 dwt vessels.
The department expects the dredging project to cost about VND6.4 trillion (USD283 million) and is seeking approval from Vietnam’s ministry of transport.
In the meantime, the project will be funded from state budgets and other sources.
Once the scheme is approved by the ministry, phase one of the works is set to start by 2018, followed by further stages beginning in 2020, 2025, and 2030.
The project will enlarge and dredge Cai Mep – Thi Vai Passage for 100,000 dwt vessels, while My Xuan, Phuoc An Area will be opened to 60,000 dwt ships, then Go Dau Area to 30,000 dwt vessels.
The Cai Mep – Thi Vai Passage also runs through the Tan Thanh district of Ba Ria in Vung Tau province, the Long Thanh and Phuoc An districts in Dong Nai province, and lastly to the Can Gio district of Ho Chi Minh City.
According to IHS’s Sea-Web.com data, Cai Mep container terminal currently has a draught of 14 m, allowing Panamax-size vessels of about 70,000 dwt to pass through and berth at its Interflour Port.
The port area also has container, bulk and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) facilities.