83,5 million tonnes of goods through Vietnam's sea ports

Ha Noi, Jan. 3 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's sea ports handled 83.5 million tonnes of goods, including nine million tonnes of goods in transit, in 2000, a 17.2 percent year-on-year increase.

As many as 9.6 million tonnes were transported through Sai Gon port, surpassing the yearly plan by 13.2 percent or making a year-on-year increase of 15.5 percent, a record over the past six years.

Sai Gon Port is capable of handling 16 million tonnes of goods per year thanks to a project for upgrading Nha Rong and Khanh Hoi ports using funds from the Asian Development Bank and other projects for building the Tan Thuan container wharf and the Tan Thuan 2 port.

Hai Phong Port, the largest in the north, handled 7.56 million tonnes last year.

Viet Nam is expected to have 91.8 million tonnes of goods passed through its ports, according to the Ministry of Transport and Communications.--VNA