In the mouths of the Mekong river delta south of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), major infrastructure projects are bolstering the city’s expansion to the sea. The Soai Rap river is the second shipping access to HMCC after the Long Tau river – hence its importance for the economic development of the region. In order to accomodate fully loaded 30.000 DWT vessels calling at the ports of Hiep Phuoc and HMCC, the Soai Rap Passage was dredged over a distance of 54 km to a depth of minus 9,5 m.
The Soai Rap dredging project was executed in two phases, for the account of the HMCC Department of Transport and the Soai Rap Dredging Investment Project. The project included the detailed design, with bathymetric survey and soil investigations. The Soai Rap channel was widened and deepened over a length of 54 km, including 30 km of river channel at a width of 120 m, and 24 km of sea channel at 160 m.
Furthermore, the existing navigational buoyage system had to be repaired and upgraded, and environmental mitigation measures had to be implemented.The Soai Rap dredging project undoubtedly generated social and economic benefits to the whole Mekong Delta region.