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Vietnam's first deep-water port debuts

Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam today inaugurated the country's first deep-water port for container ships, SP-PSA Port. The port, located in the Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, is a project between Saigon Port and PSA Singapore, and is being built in two stages for eventual capacity of 2.2m teu.

The first stage, costing $240m has equipped the port with a 1.1m teu capacity from two container wharfs able to receive 80,000 ton ships.

Yesterday the port received the 3,821teu APL Alexandrite (the largest container ship to ever arrive in Vietnam) a day ahead of the inauguration. The vessel is scheduled to operate on the first direct service between Vietnam and the US, launching next week.  [29/05/09]

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