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'Too many' seaports in Vietnam

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Robert Hambleton wants to hear more noise from the huge container port outside his office near Ho Chi Minh City. Towering cranes at the next-door competitor are silent, without a ship on the horizon. 

“It’s a brand-new terminal without any customers,” said Mr Hambleton, general director of Cai Mep International Terminal Co. “You get a sense of how dire the situation is. The whole terminal industry is oversupplied.”

With companies from Intel Corp to Samsung Electronics building billion-dollar factories in Vietnam, regional governments have established competing ports capable of handling overseas traffic, causing plunging rates and losses for operators estimated at US$1.5 billion (48.5 billion baht) or more, according to Seaport Consultants Asia.

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