Prime Minister tours Cai Mep International Terminal in Ba Ria-Vung Tau

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited the Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), currently Vietnam’s leading deep-water port, on July 21, as part of his working trip to the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Addressing the working session with CMIT leaders, PM Phuc spoke highly of the significant efforts made by officials, engineers and workers of the CMIT venture, particularly in the successful reception of a parent container ship weighing approximately 200,000 tonnes recently.

Highlighting the special importance of seaports and transport infrastructure to the economy, he encouraged the CMIT to continue exerting greater efforts in order to reap high growth rates and further contribute to the region and the country’s socio-economic achievements.

The Government leader also asked the CMIT management unit to constantly simplify procedures and formalities, with the aim of creating favourable conditions for entry/exit activities and cargo transportation through the terminal.

CMIT, which covers 48 hectares with a 600-metre long wharf and a capacity of over 1.1 million TEU, is currently being managed and exploited in a joint venture between the Vietnam National Shipping Lines, the Saigon Port Joint Stock Company and APM Terminals, one of the world’s largest port and terminal operators.

As reported by the CMIT management unit, the terminal grossed revenue of approximately US$12 million in the first six months of 2017, up 10% compared to the same period of 2016. Last February, CMIT became the first port in Vietnam, and the 19th in the world, to be able to handle an 18,300-TEU Triple-E vessel after Margrethe Maersk, a Triple-E container ship with a deadweight tonnage of 194,000, successfully docked at the terminal.

On the same day, PM Phuc visited the Long Dat nursing centre for war invalids and revolutionary contributors, in Long Dien district, on the threshold of the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017).

Expressing his gratitude to the war invalids who devoted their lives to the fight for national liberation and international missions, he affirmed that the Party and the State are consistently implementing the policy of caring for national contributors, regarding it as a basic and important task of the country’s social welfare system.

To mark this year’s Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day, assistance has been given to all invalids, martyrs’ families and women holding the Heroic Vietnamese Mother title, the Government leader informed those under treatment at the centre, adding that solemn incense offering ceremonies will also be held at all martyrs’ cemeteries nationwide to pay homage to those who laid down their lives for the country’s independence and freedom.

He asked the war invalids to uphold the undaunted revolutionary tradition and continue to be a shining example for younger generations to follow. He also hoped that the staff of the Long Dat centre will make concerted efforts to care for war invalids.

On this occasion, PM Phuc visited the 95 year-old Vietnamese Heroic Mother Vo Thi Ngo and war veteran Pham Van Duc, in Ba Ria city of the province.

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