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Vietnam's Lach Huyen Port in next phase of expansion

Lach Huyen International Port, an extension of the Port of Hai Phong, is under expansion with the third and fourth terminals expected to be commissioned by 2025.

The Port of Haiphong Joint Stock Company (CHP), a subsidiary of Vietnam Marine Corporation (VIMC), which is currently constructing the container terminal in the Lach Huyen area in Vietnam’s northern city of Hai Phong, has ordered six STS cranes and 24 RTGs. The STS cranes to be delivered have a 65-metre outreach to handle large container vessels exceeding 15,000 teus. This will be one of the largest crane orders for CHP for its port complexes in Haiphong area.

The construction of Lach Huyen International Port was first launched in 2013 under Vietnam’s 2020 Seaport Development Plan. It is an extension of the Port of Hai Phong, and is designed to handle large container vessels, enabling direct exports from Northern Vietnam to the U.S and European markets without using transhipment ports in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The Lach Huyen Port is being developed on Cat Hai Island and connected by a sea bridge and access roads to mainland Vietnam. The port is being constructed in phases, and the first two container terminals have already been in operation since 2018.

The third and fourth terminals are still in construction and are expected to be commissioned by 2025, according to a statement in July by CHP. The procurement of the cargo cranes shows the works are on schedule.    

Maersk is also working with Vietnam's HATECO to develop another two deep-water berths at Lach Huyen, to handle 18,000 teu vessels. In the initial phase, the facility will have five STS cranes and 14 RTGs. 

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