New Master Plan for Saigon Port after 160 Years of Development

Saigon Port has been gradually overcoming difficulties but still ensuring excellent performance in fulfilling its assigned tasks. It has always been at the forefront of the sea port operations of the Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC).


With the guidance of the Central Government and Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Port has identified specific and appropriate development orientations that align with Decision No. 1579 / QD-TTg dated September 22, 2021, of the Prime Minister on the Approval of the Comprehensive Plan for the Development of Vietnam’s Seaport System for the period 2021 – 2030 and vision to 2050.

Accordingly, Saigon Port, one of the largest and longest-operating seaports in Vietnam, plays a crucial role in the economic, political, security, and defense aspects of Ho Chi Minh City and the Southern provinces and will be a “leader” in this plan. The port is located deep inland, close to the city center. This is an advantage but also a limitation as road transportation often causes traffic congestion, and the warehouse cannot be expanded to meet the increasing demand for goods…

First is the orientation of the International Passenger Port “Nha Rong – Khanh Hoi”. Saigon Port is conducting feasibility studies for this project, which will contribute to the sustainable development of Ho Chi Minh City’s coastal tourism economy.

Transforming the “Nha Rong – Khanh Hoi” port area into an international and domestic passenger port with a modern scale, meeting the transportation needs of passengers and tourism by waterway of the City, contributing to enhancing historical and economic values. With a modern international passenger terminal along the Nha Rong – Khanh Hoi area, right in the city center, it is convenient for tourists and consistent with the urban development plan of Ho Chi Minh City.

Next is the development orientation of Tan Thuan Port into the Tan Thuan Logistics Center, the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City. With the need to connect traffic between District 7 and Thu Duc with the construction of Thu Thiem Bridge 4, it is a correct and necessary development direction of the City; along with that development, Saigon Port also aims to develop Tan Thuan Port into the Tan Thuan Logistics Center, the gateway to Ho Chi Minh City.

Saigon Port – Tan Thuan Port Joint Stock Company (abbreviated as Tan Thuan Port) is a dependent port, the mainstay of Saigon Port not only in terms of annual cargo handling but also contributes significantly to the fulfillment of targets assigned by Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC).

Currently, the infrastructure of the Tan Thuan port area is well exploited, while the city lacks distribution centers. It is completely appropriate to utilize the existing port infrastructure to transport goods to this center as it aligns with the new direction.

Developing port infrastructure in Cat Lai area and surrounding areas, although the city has implemented many strong and determined solutions, traffic congestion still has complex developments. The development and operation of Saigon – Hiep Phuoc Port are urgently needed to reduce the burden on existing areas.

Finally, the plan for the International Transshipment Port in Can Gio, is a particularly important strategic project of Saigon Port in attracting and partnering with the world’s largest shipping company, MSC, investment in the construction and operation of an international transshipment port in Asia, serving the entire Southeast Asian region, contributing to making Vietnam an important international transshipment center on the world maritime map.

The recent conference on gathering opinions on the Study Project for the construction of Can Gio International Transshipment Port has attracted the attention and agreement of the people and has received the consensus of representatives of central ministries and branches, leading experts and scientists in the fields of economics, planning, and port management both in and outside Vietnam.

With the “super” Can Gio port project, domestic shipping companies will have conditions to develop as the demand for forming consolidation and distribution lines of goods from the transshipment port plays a crucial role in stimulating the development and innovation of businesses as well as logistics activities, contributing to the socio-economic development; attracting foreign businesses wishing to expand business activities and access new markets, attracting foreign direct investment into industrial parks throughout the whole Southeast region.

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