Vietnam – Ports

Vietnam has 17,702 km of waterways; 5,000 km of which are navigable by vessels up to 1.8 m draft.

Along her 3,200km-long coastline, Vietnam has a total of 114 seaports, 14 of which are relatively large and named as the keys to economic development. However, most ports are relatively small with obsolete facilities and poor supporting services. Take the three largest ports of Vietnam – Saigon port (south), Hai Phong port (north), and Da Nang port (central) – and compare them to some major seaports of Thailand and Malaysia (see graph 1 below). When juxtaposed with them, the three main ports of Vietnam seem diminutive in terms of maximum vessel size allowed and storage capacity in despite the roughly similar size of berth lengths.

A.   Hai Phong Port

Hai Phong Port is a port group in Haiphong City, Vietnam, serving Northern Vietnam and future Kunming-Lao Cai-Hanoi-Haiphong Corridor.

The Port of Haiphong has been recognized as the largest seaport in the North of Vietnam by cargo volume which offers advanced facilities and complete and safe infrastructure suitable for multi-modal transportation and international trade.

Hai Phong Port consists of three main areas as follows: Limited liability company member Hoang Dieu Port (Main Port Area), Chua Ve Terminal and Tan Vu Terminal.

The wharf has a total length of 1,567 metres with an warehouse area of 52, 052 square metres and can handle some 10 million tons of cargo annually.

Navigational Access Channel

Name of Channel

Length (km)

Breadth (m)

CD Depth (m)

Lach Huyen




Ha Nam




Bach Dang




Song Cam





System of Berths

The areas of Hai Phong Port are distributed based on the advantages of infrastructure, transport, rail - road - waterway and installed handling equipments to suit each type of goods, to meet and satisfy the demands for transportation by various means

The whole Port currently offers 21 berths with a total length of 3,567m, to ensure safety with the depths alongside from -8,4m to -9,4m

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