The orientation for the development of inland waterway transportation

Minh Thai Vu

The orientation for the development of inland waterway transportation

Keywords : domestic waterway, policies, orientation


According to the Ministry of Transport, inland waterway transport is one of 5 modes of transport in our country with a very important role. Inland water transport not only plays a role of transiting large volumes of cargo and passengers, but also creates millions of jobs, contributing to social security and national defense and security protection. However, there are still many inadequacies in our country's water transport such as: There is still a situation where the water transport routes are not at the same level; phenomenon of exploiting underground resources not according to the planning or technological process (exploiting sand, gravel ...) often happens rampant on almost rivers and canals throughout the country; the signaling system is not yet consistent between the signal of the inland waterway management unit and the owner of the work; cargo handling and management of inland ports and wharves still face many shortcomings; the force of means of development is fast and uneven, but only concentrated in some urban areas and industrial parks. Therefore, the Ministry of Transport has proposed a scheme to facilitate the development of synchronous inland waterway transport infrastructure, connecting with other modes of transport; improve the capacity of crew members and drivers of inland watercraft; create favorable conditions for business activities inland waterway transport with reasonable transport costs; improve the quality of waterway transport services; ensure safety and environmental friendliness; create clear advantages for other modes of transport. Specifically, will develop and promulgate mechanisms and policies to create favorable conditions for the development of inland waterway transport infrastructure; to develop and promulgate mechanisms and policies to support the development of rationally structured fleets, with push-pull fleets accounting for around 30%, self-propelled fleets account for around 70% of the total inland waterway vessels; prioritize the development of container fleets; activities of inland waterway transport and training and retraining of human resources for the inland waterway transport industry. Besides, building mechanisms and policies to develop multimodal transport and logistics services; encourage investment in equipment for handling large volumes of cargoes and container cargoes at inland waterway ports.


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