Da Nang-Kawasaki shipping route to open soon

Economy February 01, 2014 00:00

By Viet Nam News

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A shipping route that connects Thailand with neighbouring countries will launch next Tuesday as part of the East-West Economic Corridor.

The route connects Da Nang, Vietnam and Kawasaki, Japan, via Shanghai.
“The route will promote trading from Vietnam’s central region with cargo ships from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam via the East-West Economic Corridor to Kawasaki and Shanghai,” Nguyen Thu, general director of Da Nang Port, said yesterday.
“It means that Da Nang Port will host cargo ships this year. As scheduled, the route will help transport an average of 200 TEUs [twenty-foot-equivalent units] per week,” he said.
The beginning of ships travelling on the cargo route marks the 20th anniversary of friendship established between Da Nang and Kawasaki ports. Da Nang Port handled a record 5 million tonnes of cargo last year, including 167,000 TEUs.
The Vietnam unit of the Japan International Cooperation Agency agreed to provide financial aid to Lien Chieu Port and Tien Sa Port in Da Nang for the second phase of construction.
Tien Sa Port only allows access to 30,000-deadweight-tonnage ships, while 50,000DWT container ships can dock at Lien Chieu.