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Cai Mep – Thi Vai International Port Construction Project, Vietnam (2007 to 2012)

Employer: Ministry of Transport, Government of Vietnam
Location: Cai Mep and Thi Vai areas along Thi Vai River, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, Vietnam

In step with national economic development of Vietnam, muchimportance has been recognized in the sea-borne transport network, especially the ports in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the nation’s biggest economic activity base. However, existing ports, including Saigon Port, a core port in the southern region of Vietnam, are located at central district of HCMC along the Saigon River and have no space for further expansion. In response to the request from the Government of Vietnam (GOV), “Port Development Study in South of Vietnam” was conducted by the Government of Japan (GOJ) from 2001 to 2003, to prepare a master plan for comprehensive development of the port complexes in the southern region, including Thi Vai – Vung Tau development, and to prepare a short-term development of the ports in the region and to carry out a feasibility study for the priority projects (target year 2010). As a result of the study, Cai Mep International Container Terminal and Thi Vai International General Cargo Terminal were selected as the priority projects. JPC has participated in the study as a member of Joint Venture Consultants. In 2004 the GOJ has conducted “Detailed Design Study of Cai Mep – Thi Vai International Terminals” on Japan’s Grant Aid basis, to provide the GOV with the engineering services for the project. The GOJ and GOI have concluded in 2005 a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement to cover the costs of construction works and supervisory services required for the project. JPC has participated in the engineering services for the project facilities and equipment stated below, from 2004 to 2006, as a lead member of Joint Venture Consultants, and JPC has started its supervisory services for the project in 2007 in the same capacity.

Major port facilities and equipment to be provided under the project include :
1) Cai Mep International Container Terminal :
– Container wharf (14 m deep, 600 m long) with approach trestles
– Container yard (39.6 ha)
– CFS (6,442 m²), maintenance shop
– Port administration office
– Access road (8,150 m long)
– 50-ton quayside container cranes (4 units)
– 40.6-ton transfer cranes (15 units)
– Computer systems;
2) Thi Vai International General Cargo Terminal :
– General cargo wharf (14 m deep, 600 m long)
– Tugboat wharf (2 berths, 5 m to 14 m deep, 40 m long)
– Terminal yard (24.6 ha)
– Warehouse and maintenance shop
– Port administration office
– Access road (163 m long)
– 40-ton multi-purpose cranes (2 units)
– Computer systems;
3) Access channel (37.5 km long) from Ganh Rai Bay to Thi Vai Terminal located upstream of Thi Vai River; and
4) Light beacons (43 units) along the access channel.