Government requires ministry to broaden Tan Son Nhat Airport

ALEXANDRIA: At least 37 people were killed as two trains collided on Friday (Aug 11) outside the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, in one of the deadliest in a string of such accidents in Egypt, the health ministry said. Onlookers gather at the scene of a train collision just outside Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria on Aug 11, 2017, where two trains collided killing dozens of people and injuring over 100 in the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than a decade. (Photo: AP/Ravy Shaker) The crash also injured 123 people, the ministry said in a statement. Footage on the state broadcaster showed one train had partly keeled over in the crash, and medics were seen moving the dead and injured to ambulances. Transport ministry officials, quoted on state television, said the crash was probably caused by a malfunction in one train that brought it to a halt on the rails. The other train then crashed into it. One train had been heading from Cairo to the northern city of Alexandria and the other from the canal city of Port Said, east of the capital, to Alexandria. The dead and injured were initially placed on blankets in a field beside the tracks running through farmland on the outskirts of the city. The health ministry said 75 ambulances had been dispatched to treat casualties and that all the hospitals in…... [read more]

A congested expressway in southern Vietnam is frustrating travelers who depend on the thoroughfare to ease their commute. The construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the namesake district in Dong Nai Province, about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is causing bumper to bumper traffic in the area. The most serious of these congestion problems takes place on an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh and Long Thanh, with commuters finding themselves trapped in hours-long gridlock each weekend. According to an observation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, endless lines of vehicles stretched endlessly down the expressway beginning at the Long Phuoc toll station in District 9. “We pay a toll for the expressway just to be caught in traffic jams even more severe than on regular roads,” a car driver complained. Truck drivers who depend on the route also complain that the bottleneck is causing them to fall behind schedule. During the weekend, it usually takes an hour to travel the three-kilometer section, Nguyen Van Phu, a regular commuter, added. While the designated speed of the expressway is 120km per hour, traffic jams often slow vehicles to no more than 10km per hour. Congestion also occurs at the road's entrance near the An Phu traffic knots, the meeting points of Luong Dinh Cua, Mai Chi Tho, and Nguyen Thi Dinh Streets in District 2. According to the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E), the number of vehicles traveling on the…... [read more]

The construction of Long Thanh International Airport in the namesake district in Dong Nai Province, about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, is causing bumper to bumper traffic in the area. The most serious of these congestion problems takes place on an expressway connecting Ho Chi Minh and Long Thanh, with commuters finding themselves trapped in hours-long gridlock each weekend. According to an observation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, endless lines of vehicles stretched endlessly down the expressway beginning at the Long Phuoc toll station in District 9. “We pay a toll for the expressway just to be caught in traffic jams even more severe than on regular roads,” a car driver complained. Truck drivers who depend on the route also complain that the bottleneck is causing them to fall behind schedule. During the weekend, it usually takes an hour to travel the three-kilometer section, Nguyen Van Phu, a regular commuter, added. While the designated speed of the expressway is 120km per hour, traffic jams often slow vehicles to no more than 10km per hour. Congestion also occurs at the road's entrance near the An Phu traffic knots, the meeting points of Luong Dinh Cua, Mai Chi Tho, and Nguyen Thi Dinh Streets in District 2. According to the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC (VEC E), the number of vehicles traveling on the expressway in the first half of 2017 increased by 17 percent year-on-year. That number means that 43,000 vehicles…... [read more]

Hon Khoai island (Photo: baodautu.vn) Ca Mau (VNA) - The southernmost province of Ca Mau is seeking investment to develop a 3.5 billion USD seaport which can receive vessels of up to 250,000 tonnes on Hon Khoai Island. At a working session with Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia on August 9, Ca Mau province said the Hon Khoai Seaport should be considered one of the major national projects requiring investment. Nguyen Tien Hai, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, proposed the transport ministry adjust planning and scale of the Hon Khoai Seaport to enable it to welcome vessels with capacity of up to 250,000 tonnes. Under the current approved plans, the Hon Khoai Seaport is capable of receiving vessels from 100,000 tonnes to 160,000 tonnes. Minister Nghia said calling for investment to develop the Hon Khoai Seaport from the State budget was not feasible, given the limited budget of the Government. He said the province needed to carefully study the feasibility of the project to call for investment, adding that the ministry would support the province in implementing this project. The Hon Khoai Seaport project has been calling for investment since July 2016. The province said the seaport has several advantages. It will be a large deep-water seaport, which can attract a significant shipment volume and boost the region’s economic growth. The seaport is expected to serve the Nam Can Economic Zone and the southern region with the transport of…... [read more]

Hon Khoai Island. Ca Mau Province wants to build a deap-water seaport here. — Photo baodautu.vn The southernmost province of Ca Mau is seeking investment to develop a US$3.5 billion seaport complex, which can receive vessels of up to 250,000 tonnes capacity, on Hon Khoai Island. At a working session with Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia on Wednesday, Ca Mau Province proposed that the Hon Khoai Seaport should be considered one of the major national projects requiring investment. Nguyen Tien Hai, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, proposed that the transport ministry adjust planning and scale of the Hon Khoai Seaport to enable it to welcome vessels with capacity of up to 250,000 tonnes. Under the current approved plans, the Hon Khoai Seaport is capable of receiving vessels from 100,000 tonnes to 160,000 tonnes. Minister Truong Quang Nghia said calling for investment to develop the Hon Khoai Seaport from the State budget was not feasible, given the limited budget of the Government. Nghia said the province needed to carefully study the feasibility of the project to call for investment, adding that the ministry would support the province in implementing this project. The Hon Khoai Seaport project has been calling for investment since July 2016. The province said Hon Khoai Seaport has several advantages. It will be a large deep-water seaport, which can attract a significant shipment volume and boost the region’s economic growth. The seaport is expected…... [read more]

Over 12.7ha of remediated land at the Đà Nẵng International Airport, part of a major Agent Orange clean-up project, will be returned to the Ministry of Transport under an agreement signed on Wednesday. A 12.7ha area of dioxin contaminated land has been returned to the Transport Ministry after cleaning the soil of dioxin. VNS Photo Công Thành The agreement was signed by representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, Air Defence-Air Force Command (ADAFC) and the US Agency of International Development (USAID). This is the second portion of land to be turned over for new development as part of expansion of the Đà Nẵng International Airport, while USAID and the Ministry of National Defence continue their collaboration to clean up dioxin contaminated soil and sediment at the site of the former US Đà Nẵng Air Base.  “The handover of land for the second phase of the project commencing marked close co-operation between Việt Nam’s defence ministry and USAID for several years in cleaning up dioxin contamination at the airport,” said Lt. General Phạm Ngọc Minh, deputy chief of the General Staff under the Việt Nam People’s Army,. “Today’s event also marks significant efforts made by Việt Nam and the US towards addressing the consequences of war. The project, which completed its first phase in May, had handed over a 5.97ha plot for building runways and parking lots at the airport in preparation for…... [read more]

Transport Ministry wants to cut BOT road tolls at more stationsLe Anh Vehicles wait to pass a HCMC-Trung Luong Expressway toll station - PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – Having lowered BOT road tolls at 35 stations in the country, the Ministry of Transport now looks at other stations. The ministry on Monday issued a statement saying that it is reviewing other BOT road toll stations and will force them to cut toll fees to the levels of the 35 stations. In particular, tolls for vehicles in group four which consists of trucks of 10-18 tons or those transporting 20-foot containers have been reduced from VND140,000 to VND120,000 (US$5.27) per vehicle. Meanwhile, tolls for vehicles in group five which comprises trucks weighing over 18 tons or carrying 40-foot containers have been lowered from VND200,000 to VND180,000 per vehicle. There are 27 toll stations that are not required to revise down their tolls as they are already lower than the average levels. But 11 others have not adjusted down their fees given lower-than-expected traffic, according to the ministry. The Ministry of Transport has permitted 51 BOT road toll stations to come into operation. But the ministry has signed annex contracts with 18 of them to shorten their tolling durations and with five others to lengthen their fee collection periods to help them offset lower-than-expected traffic. As of July 31, 2017, the ministry had adjusted down tolls at five tollgates that have triggered protests among frustrated road users. The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Deputy Minister of Defence has urged all military units to comply with the Central Military Commission’s regulations on management and use of military land near HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport. The Ministry of Defence has promised to turn over military-owned land near HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, if required by the government. A golf course, which opened in 2015, is located on the land.  Speaking at a conference yesterday in the city, Lt. Col Tran Don said that military units would not be allowed to sign new leases of the land until 2020. “This is the main goal of the Central Military Commission,” he said at the conference, held to discuss land use around the airport. To ease traffic congestion near the airport, Don has asked military units and local authorities to remove three gas stations and 50 kiosks along Truong Chinh Street in Tan Binh District within a month. He said the Ministry of Defence would hand over the cleared land to Tan Binh District authorities, and would work with the city government to repair airport fences. Land owned by the military in the city totals more than 1,000 hectares, according to the Ministry of Defence. “However, these land areas have not been planned well and are under management of many units,” Don said. The management and use of military land for economic purposes in the Tan Son Nhat Airport has been a contentious issue since 1975. But, in recent years, management has…... [read more]

The Deputy Minister of Defence has urged all military units to comply with the Central Military Commission’s regulations on management and use of military land near HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất airport. The Ministry of Defence has promised to turn over military-owned land near HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất Airport, if required by the government. A golf course, which opened in 2015, is located on the land. - VNA/VNS photo Hoàng Hải Speaking at a conference yesterday in the city, Lt. Col Trần Đơn said that military units would not be allowed to sign new leases of the land until 2020. “This is the main goal of the Central Military Commission,” he said at the conference, held to discuss land use around the airport. To ease traffic congestion near the airport, Đơn has asked military units and local authorities to remove three gas stations and 50 kiosks along Trường Chinh Street in Tân Bình District within a month. He said the Ministry of Defence would hand over the cleared land to Tân Bình District authorities, and would work with the city government to repair airport fences. Land owned by the military in the city totals more than 1,000 hectares, according to the Ministry of Defence. “However, these land areas have not been planned well and are under management of many units,” Đơn said. The management and use of military…... [read more]

Transport Ministry to suggest solution to BOT tollgate problemsTrung Chanh The new toll station is set up on National Highway 1 to collect fees for a bypass around the town of Cai Lay in Tien Giang Province - PHOTO: TRUNG CHANH CAN THO – Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat has said his ministry is coming up with a plan to solve problems with build-operate-transfer (BOT) road toll stations nationwide. In regard to a Government Office correspondence issued on August 4 to fix problems with BOT road toll stations, Deputy Minister Nhat told the Daily on August 7 that the Transport Ministry intends to submit the plan to the Government for consideration later this week. Nhat said the ministry asked relevant agencies to look into BOT road toll stations nationwide, and work with investors and local governments. The plan is not intended to solve problems with some tollgates which have prompted protests among road users. But instead, it would apply to all toll stations in the country, he noted. The correspondence requires the Transport Ministry, other relevant ministries and local authorities to instruct the Vietnam Directorate for Roads, and developers of BOT roads to seek workable solutions to issues at BOT tollgates in order to balance the interests of the State, investors and road users. In a related development, some truck drivers have used small change to pay toll fees at tollgates or parked their vehicles at the toll stations, especially Ben Thuy in Nghe An Province, Tam Nong in Phu Tho Province, Thanh Ne and Luong Son…... [read more]




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