May 16, 2018
Prime Minister Phúc delivers an address during the Opening Ceremony of Lach Huyen International Port
On May 13, a grand opening ceremony was held on Cat Hai Island in Haiphong, Viet Nam, for Lach Huyen International Port, which has been supported with Japanese ODA loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Some 800 people attended the ceremony, including Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Prime Minister of Viet Nam; Tsukasa Akimoto, State Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan; Kunio Umeda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Viet Nam; Tetsuo Konaka, Chief Representative of the JICA Vietnam Office; and dignitaries from Haiphong. Lach Huyen International Port was constructed as an international deep harbor in Haiphong, the gateway to the northern economy of Viet Nam, capable of meeting the growing freight demand and the increasing size of ships. The opening of the port will lead to further industrial development in northern Viet Nam, where many Japanese and other foreign companies are expanding their operations. This is expected, in turn, to contribute to the promotion of the economic development and a boost in the international competitiveness in Viet Nam.
Opening Ceremony for Lach Huyen International Port
Container ship berthing Lach Huyen International Port
The Lach Huyen International Port Infrastructure Construction Project, which has provided ODA loans to support the port construction, is the first public-private partnership project between Japan and Viet Nam, and was established and implemented under a strategic partnership between both countries with the leadership of both prime ministers. In specific terms, the project employs a vertical separation approach in which the infrastructure and port operations are divided. In the lower part, the port (land reclamation, ground improvement, breakwater/groin construction and navigation route dredging), access roads, bridges and other such infrastructure are handled as public works, and in the upper part, cranes and other such equipment and administration of the port once open are handled by Japan-Vietnam-Taiwan joint ventures.
For the project, JICA has provided Japanese ODA loans totaling 114.12 billion yen (port portion: 65.262 billion, road and bridge portion: 48.858 billion yen) between 2011 to the present and, as Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP), outstanding Japanese technologies including a ground improvement technique (cement deep mixing ) to reduce the work time and steel pipe sheet pile foundations  were utilized to advance the infrastructure construction.
Container Crane of Lach Huyen International Port
At the opening ceremony, Phúc said, “We thank the Government and the citizens of Japan.” He requested cooperation from the relevant ministries for strengthening logistics, enhancing the connectivity with the surrounding transportation means and developing the hinterland to meet the demands of the international port. Akimoto said, "There is great significance in having opened the port in the memorable year marking the 45th anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic relations. The opening of Luch Huyen International Port will be an important event for the Mekong region. We will continue to provide support for Quality Infrastructure Investment.”
Under the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure Investment of the Government of Japan, JICA will continue cooperation in the transportation infrastructure sector in order to contribute to socioeconomic development in Viet Nam.
1: Cement deep mixing method: A technique for improving soft ground by stirring cement into the ground for chemical solidification. Deep layer mixing is an efficient technique that produces little vibration or noise.
2: Steel pipe sheet pile: A technique in which high-density steel piling is integrated with the bridge piers. Safe and efficient, this technique can be applied even to soft ground.