Vietnam loses $2.4 billion as deep-water port has insufficient infrastructure

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam spent big money to build a deep-water port but did not build infrastructure for ships to go in and out of the port.

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Vietnam has spent bit money to build ports

Ho Kim Lan, secretary general of the Vietnam Port Association (VPA), said 80 percent of container imports and exports still have to go through small ports and vessels. Continue reading “Vietnam loses $2.4 billion as deep-water port has insufficient infrastructure”

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Only 3.3% of ships nationwide transport containerized cargo

Last update 18:57 | 13/12/2017

Vietnam has more than 1,600 ships, but a mere 3.3% of them are container ships, according to a report of the Vietnam Maritime Administration at a meeting on raising the market share of sea transport on December 11.

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Vietnam has more than 1,600 ships, with a mere 3.3% of them being container ships

The administration said Vietnam’s fleet of ships faces several problems such as a small proportion of container ships, and up to 40% of them are 15 years old or older. In addition, there are as many as 500 owners of ships, meaning their scales are small and thus their competitiveness is low. Continue reading “Only 3.3% of ships nationwide transport containerized cargo”

The architecture of resilience

Published on Monday, 04 December 2017

View of Chandigarh High Court from Secretariat. Photo by Eduardo Guiot.
View of Chandigarh High Court from Secretariat. Photo by Eduardo Guiot.

ADB.org_Southern Meghalaya in far northeastern India is one of the wettest places on Earth, crisscrossed by fast-flowing rivers and mountain streams. Here bridges aren’t built – they’re grown, ensuring connectivity in a remote area.

Local tribes identified a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system that flourishes in this region. The roots of the ficus elastic grow on huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers.

To make the roots grow in the right direction, local tribes use different techniques from simply pulling the roots to tying or twisting them, until over time the roots formed the desired architectural structure.

Root bridges, also used in Indonesia, are a great example of how green infrastructure can provide alternative solutions to deliver sustainable connectivity. The normal course in Meghalaya would have been a bridge, but that would have been difficult and expensive in such areas.

  Green infrastructure not yet core part of urban infrastructure planning

Unfortunately, this approach is the exception rather than the rule. Green infrastructure today falls short of being a part of urban infrastructure core planning and asset inventory. It lacks provisions for long-term maintenance and management, as is done for other essential services.

When I studied architecture and urban planning in Chandigarh, an Indian city designed in 1966 by the famous Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, I realized that cities are like people. They have interlinked systems with dependencies on nature – land, air, and water. Continue reading “The architecture of resilience”

Quốc hội thông qua dự án cao tốc Bắc – Nam gần 120.000 tỉ đồng

Giá sử dụng dịch vụ đường bộ của dự án cao tốc Bắc – Nam phải phù hợp với khả năng chi trả của người dân, bù đắp chi phí sản xuất, kinh doanh, lợi nhuận của nhà đầu tư và lợi ích nhà nước.

Dự án xây dựng một số đoạn đường bộ cao tốc trên tuyến Bắc – Nam phía Đông dự kiến hoàn thành năm 2021 – Ảnh: TT

Đó là yêu cầu của nghị quyết về chủ trương đầu tư dự án xây dựng một số đoạn đường bộ cao tốc trên tuyến Bắc – Nam phía Đông giai đoạn 2017 – 2020, vừa được Quốc hội thông qua sáng 22-11 với 408/449 đại biểu có mặt đồng ý (83,1% tổng số đại biểu).

Nghị quyết nêu rõ: “Giá sử dụng dịch vụ đường bộ của dự án phải phù hợp với khả năng chi trả của người dân, bù đắp chi phí sản xuất, kinh doanh, lợi nhuận của nhà đầu tư và lợi ích nhà nước”. Continue reading “Quốc hội thông qua dự án cao tốc Bắc – Nam gần 120.000 tỉ đồng”

HCM City faces population pressure

Last update 17:49 | 05/12/2017

Ho Chi Minh City is facing numerous difficulties as the population is rising sharply.

Congestion in HCM City

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The population has grown from three million after 1975 to 8.4 million. Another three million people from other provinces are studying and working in HCM City. As of now, the city has 7.6 million motorbikes, 700,000 cars and about one million other vehicles from other provinces. About 1,000 new motorbikes are registered each month. Continue reading “HCM City faces population pressure”

Vân Đồn int’l airport to be operational in Q2

Update: December, 04/2017 – 19:00

A design mock up of Quảng Ninh International Airport in Vân Đồn Economic Zone. — Photo quangninh.gov.vn
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Vân Đồn International Airport in the northern province of Quảng Ninh, the first airport invested by a private business in Việt Nam, is scheduled to be operational in late June 2018, instead of in late March as previously announced.

The airport, on Vân Đồn Island, was invested with nearly VNĐ7.5 trillion (US$330 million) by property developer Sun Group. Continue reading “Vân Đồn int’l airport to be operational in Q2”

Hệ thống sông ngòi và kinh rạch Sài Gòn

Có 2 con sông lớn đi qua Sài Gòn (TP Hồ Chí Minh): Sông Đồng Nai và Sông Sài Gòn, cùng một hệ thống kinh rạch chằng chịt trong nội thành.

Sông Đồng Nai và Sông Sài Gòn


Bản đồ Sông Đồng Nai và Sông Sài Gòn

Sông Đồng Nai là con sông nội địa dài nhất Việt Nam, lớn thứ nhì Nam Bộ về lưu vực, chỉ sau sông Cửu Long. Sông Đồng Nai chảy qua các tỉnh Lâm Đồng, Đăk Nông, Bình Phước, Đồng Nai, Bình Dương, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh với chiều dài 586 km (364 dặm) và lưu vực 38.600 km² (14.910 mi2).

Đồng Nai nguyên tên phiên âm tiếng Miên là “Nông-nại”. Đây là vùng đất Chân Lạp người Việt vào khai phá trước tiên. Continue reading “Hệ thống sông ngòi và kinh rạch Sài Gòn”

Kể chuyện kinh cầu xưa vùng Sài Gòn Chợ Lớn trước 1975

Bài viết khảo cứu tổng hợp một số tài liệu đề cập đến hệ thống cầu, sông, kinh, rạch vùng Sài Gòn-Chợ Lớn  qua các thời kỳ khai phá đầu nhà Nguyễn, thời Pháp thuộc đến thời Việt Nam Cộng Hòa (VNCH) trước 1975. Trọng điểm nhầm thẩm tra những địa danh dựa trên khảo sát, nghiên cứu bản đồ, không ảnh, hình ảnh tìm thấy thời Pháp và VNCH nhìn lại trong hoài niệm của một thời tuổi trẻ. Những kinh cầu xưa nay đã đi về trong tâm tưởng hay đã thay da đổi áo , cũng đã chuyên chở bao nhiêu kiếp sống thăng trầm cùng những kỹ niệm thân thương của những ai đã từng xuôi ngược, mang hơi thở Saigon một thời là Hòn Ngọc Viển Đông.

Năm 1618 chúa Sãi (Nguyễn Phước (Phúc) Nguyên gả con gái cho vua Miên Chey Chetta II , năm 1623. Chúa mượn xứ Prei Nokor để mở trạm thuế đồng thời được phép gởi quan đến để quản lý việc thu thuế và thương vụ hành chính.

Năm 1658  chúa Hiền (Nguyễn Phúc Tần) cho quân tiến chiếm và phá hủy thành Mô Xoài vì quân Nặc Ong Chăn vua Cao Miên  xâm phạm Trấn Biên  (thời mới khai thác gọi những chổ đầu biên giới là Trấn Biên ) tức Phú Yên ngày nay. Continue reading “Kể chuyện kinh cầu xưa vùng Sài Gòn Chợ Lớn trước 1975”

HCM City to offer more river routes

Last update 09:00 | 03/12/2017

Poor waterway infrastructure and lack of wharves as well as stopover stations are major obstacles preventing the full development of waterway tourism in HCM City, according to river transport and tourism companies.

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HCM City’s first public river bus route Bạch Đằng- Linh Đông begins at Bạch Đằng Wharf in District 1.

Nguyễn Hải Linh, owner of the Elisa floating restaurant, said the city had not invested enough in river tourism products. Continue reading “HCM City to offer more river routes”

Vietnam city proposes subsidizing airlines flying to local airport

The Can Tho International Airport is operating well below its design capacity

Passengers disembark a Vietjet plane at Can Tho International Airport. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The administration of a city in southern Vietnam has suggested using state money to provide subsidy to airlines opening new routes to its unmarketable airport.

The proposal has been submitted to the municipal People’s Council for review and approval.

According to the proposal, all airlines opening new routes to the Can Tho International Airport will be subsidized based on ticket price. Continue reading “Vietnam city proposes subsidizing airlines flying to local airport”

NA approves $1b for airport land clearance

vietnamnews Update: November, 25/2017 – 09:00

A model of the Long Thành International Airport. The National Assembly on Friday passed a Resolution on the feasibility report for land clearance, compensation and resettlement as a component of the mega project. – File Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly (NA) on Friday approved a VNĐ23 trillion (roughly US$1 billion) budget for land clearance at the Long Thành International Airport.

The approval, which garnered the support of over 90 per cent of delegates, notched another milestone for the mega project first approved in June 2015. Continue reading “NA approves $1b for airport land clearance”

Prepare for possible cost overruns on North-South expressway: NA deputies

Update: November, 09/2017 – 10:06 vietnamnews

The transport ministry should consider the possibility of cost overruns and prepare accordingly as it prepares to build a 654km section of the North-South expressway, NA deputies said yesterday. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HÀ NỘI – The transport ministry should consider the possibility of cost overruns and prepare accordingly as it prepares to build a 654km section of the North-South expressway, NA deputies said yesterday.

Their comments came during discussions in the afternoon about the construction project that is to be implemented over a four-year (2017-2020) period. The construction will take place in the eastern part of the country. Continue reading “Prepare for possible cost overruns on North-South expressway: NA deputies”

Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017

Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.
Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.

adb.org_Imagine you’re buying a car, and the manufacturer forces you to purchase not only the vehicle itself but also demanded you pay upfront for 10 years worth of fuel. About $25,000 for the car and another $50,000 for the gas. Would you still purchase the car? Absolutely not, unless the gasoline was given at a discount price, right?

Anyone shopping for an electric car could be forgiven for thinking that manufacturers are asking to pay upfront for future energy use. These vehicles are still on average about 35% more expensive than non-electric cars – despite gradually declining battery prices and the promise of practically zero maintenance fees. Continue reading “Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution”

Investors abuse BT projects

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Update: October, 24/2017 – 09:59

Auditors and land management experts are sceptical about the efficiency and transparency of projects carried out under Build-Transfer (BT) contracts in Việt Nam, after many BT projects have suffered long delays and major problems along the way.– Photo baodauthau.vn

HÀ NỘI – Auditors and land management experts are sceptical about the efficiency and transparency of projects carried out under Build-Transfer (BT) contracts in Việt Nam, after many BT projects have suffered long delays and major problems along the way. Continue reading “Investors abuse BT projects”

Degraded bridges worry locals in Lâm Đồng

vietnamnews Update: October, 24/2017 – 15:30

The degraded Ông Triều Bridge in Thạnh Mỹ Township, Đơn Dương District has no fence. — VNA/VNS Photo Đặng Tuấn

LÂM ĐỒNG — The Department of Transport in the Central Highland province of Lâm Đồng reported 200 degraded bridges across the province, threatening the safety of users.

Director of the department, Trương Hữu Hiệp, told Vietnam News Agency that of the degraded bridges, as many as 112 ones were listed as “seriously degraded” and required urgent maintenance.

However, because of funding shortage, only 21 bridges had been fixed, he said. Local residents are worried about using the degraded bridges.

In the last two weeks, three people reportedly fell into Đa Nhim River, leaving one of them dead while crossing Ông Triều Bridge in Thạnh Mỹ Township in Đơn Dương District.

A local resident, Phan Công Thành, said that the bridge has been degraded for a long time and local residents have asked the relevant authorities to look into it but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. He said that now, the need of the hour is for lights and fences to be installed on the bridge to make travelling safer.

Huỳnh Ngọc Sơn, a policeman, said that police have been assigned to help people maneuver their way across the bridge until it was fixed.

Cai Bảng suspending bridge in Bảo Lâm District is on the key road connecting Lộc Thắng Town to Lộc Phú Commune. People have to use the bridge to reach their tea and coffee farms. However, holes have appeared on the bridge surface, cables are rusty and the bridge begins to vibrate every time vehicles use it.

Local authorities have put warning signs there.

In Bảo Lâm District only, at least ten bridges have been reported to be seriously degraded. The problem is bound to get worse for users during harvest time when they have to transport farming products across the bridges.

Nguyễn Đình Gắn, chairman of Lộc Ngãi Commune, Bảo Lâm District, said that the commune’s budget could afford small fixing costs and the commune has been asking for funding from higher levels to build new bridges. — VNS