A corner of Dung Quat Shipyard
The master planning on development of Vietnam’s shipbuilding industry to 2020 and orientations to 2030 has been recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The objectives are: to continually take advantages of current ship building facilities; to develop international standard, state-of-art shipyards meeting high demand of shipbuilding inside and outside markets; to establish large-scale ship building hubs connecting port systems with international shipping routes.
To the year 2030, the development’s objective is to partly establish ship building hubs, which will generate international standard hi-tech large-scale ships, including container ships, tankers, cargo ships, and floating oil storage units with capacity of 100,000 tons.
As shown by the master planning, the country’s ship building hubs will locate in Hai Phong and Quang Ninh in the north, Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa in the central, and Ho Chi Minh, Vung Tau in the south.
In the north, Quang Ninh and Hai Phong will focus on building new ships, while in the south Sai Gon Ship Building Industry Zone will be responsible for building ships of 25,000 tons serving transportation of passenger and cargo. Long Son Shipyard in Vung Tau will be planned to build ships of 50,000 tons for the sake of export. Other shipyards will build ships serving tourism, marine research, petroleum services, etc.
Particularly, in the central region of Vietnam, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ngai will be planned to build large scale ships serving petroleum field. Especially, Dung Quat Shipyard of Dung Quat Shipbuilding Industry Ltd. Company (DQS) run by Petro Vietnam in Dung Quat Economic Zone will be responsible for building Aframax, floating oil storage units, and offshore drilling rigs. At the moment, DQS has been discussing with IRAQ owner for a new building project, the construction is scheduled in year 2014.
Earlier, Prime Minister also approved the master planning for Vietnam seaport system development, Dung Quat seaport system in the central province of Quang Ngai is one out of the country’s top fourteen ports class I.
Doosan Vina’s port in Dung Quat site
The port class I, being an international port, extremely plays important role on the national social economic development. The port class II serves the development of provinces or regions. The port class III serves enterprises only.
According to the master planning, Vietnam will have 14 ports (class I), 17 ports (class II), and 13 ports (class III).
Based on the master planning of Vietnam port system, Quang Ngai province will enjoy encouraged policies from the Central Government in developing the Dung Quat Port System, which has been the deepest seaport in Vietnam that will be great for heavy industry, especially the field of petrochemical and refining industry.
Currently, Quang Ngai Government has been calling for foreign investors in building the Dung Quat Seaport No.2 in Viet Thanh Bay in Dung Quat Economic Zone, which is expected to provide accommodation for VLCC – Very Large Crude Carrier.