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ONE's new 14,000-TEU ship calls at S'pore transshipment hub
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 01:09

OCEAN Network Express' (ONE) new 14,000-TEU ONE Stork, is on her maiden voyage that includes a call at PSA Singapore.

The new vessel was delivered to ONE from Japan Marine United Corporation at Kure shipyard in Hiroshima, reported London's Port Technology.

The newbuild's first voyage consisted of THE Alliance's EC4 service (Asia to the North American coast), calling at the ports of Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian and Cai Mep, with Singapore being the last port call in Asia.

The vessel will then sail for the United States' east coast, calling at New York via the Suez Canal.

ONE CEO Jeremy Nixon said: "We very much welcome the ONE Stork to Singapore, the city which is where our global head office is now based and a major operational transshipment hub for ONE."

The ONE Stork features an advanced hull form with minimised engine-room space - allowing improved cargo loading efficiency. Additionally, the vessel utilises a duel output system on the main engine, which can switch between high and low outputs for flexible operation and improved fuel consumption rates.

Evergreen goes PrimeLINE
Monday, 16 July 2018 04:03

Carrier has announced that “Evergreen Line, is enhancing its operations with 3,000 containers refrigerated by Carrier Transicold PrimeLINE units, chosen for their refrigeration performance and power efficiency". Carrier Transicold is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

“With its digital scroll compressor, the PrimeLINE unit has a reputation for energy efficiency and a value proposition that includes rapid pull-down, tight temperature control, high air-flow performance and excellent cost of ownership,” said Andrew See, general manager, Global Container Refrigeration, Greater China, Carrier Transicold. “Evergreen’s PrimeLINE units feature our LED control-display option, which the shipping line considers advantageous for ship crew members visually monitoring stacked containers onboard a vessel.”

The majority of the PrimeLINE units are being retrofitted into 40-foot high-cube containers with the balance mounted on 20-foot containers.

Carrier emphasised that it has been providing a high level of customer support to Evergreen since 2002. “For example, Carrier Transicold instructors periodically provide refrigeration unit operation and repair programs in connection with other specialized training. This is provided for terminal technicians and ship crews at the Evergreen Seafarer Training Center in Taiwan near Taipei”.

Ports along Sài Gòn River to be relocated
Friday, 13 July 2018 02:14

All ports along the Sài Gòn River will be relocated by the end of the year to reduce pressure on transport in HCM City, according to a report from the Transport Ministry submitted to the Government.

The report reviews the results of a plan to relocate Group No 5 ports and ports in the Cái Mép – Thị Vải region.

Group 5 ports include ports in the southeastern region (HCM City and the provinces of Đồng Nai, Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu, Bình Dương) and ports on the Soài Rạp River in Long An Province.

Since 2013, HCM Cịty and the provinces of Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu have not licensed the construction of new ports and has not accepted investment for port expansion

In addition, efforts have been taken to relocate ports in HCM City.

Nguyễn Xuân Sang, the general director of the Việt Nam Maritime Department, said for the Port Group No 5, the Ministry of Transport and several agencies have made efforts to relocate the Ba Son Shipyard and ports along the Sài Gòn River.

Last year, the Tân Cảng – Sài Gòn Port in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District was moved to Cát Lái in HCM City’s District 9.

The Sài Gòn Port JSC has completed construction of major works of the Sài Gòn – Hiệp Phước Port project, so that it can handle vessels and cargo from Nhà Rồng – Khánh Hội Port in District 1.

Port operations have been transferred to Sai Gon – Hiệp Phước Port in Hiệp Phước Industrial Park in Nhà Bè District, and work on the relocation of the port is scheduled to be completed within the second quarter of this year, according to Sang.

Nguyễn Văn Công, deputy minister of Transport, said the most difficult work of the relocation of ports along the Sài Gòn River has been completed.

The relocation of these ports from inner districts helps distribute sources of cargo, and reduces congestion through traffic flow and better relocates port groups in HCM City, said Công.

Aministrative reform

In addition to the relocation of ports in inner districts, the Transport Ministry has sped up administrative reform and the use of 4.0 technology to create favourable conditions for ports in Group No 5.

The Việt Nam Maritime Department has also set up a representative office for Vũng Tàu Port Authority at Cái Mép International Terminal (CMIT) to facilitate one-door procedures.

Electronic data about Vietnamese seagoing vessels and crew is collected.

In an effort to simplify business conditions and remove barriers in business by 2020, the department has cooperated with the Customs Bureau to introduce five procedures for ships that enter ports on the national “one-door” website.

The department has also provided online public services on this website for ships entering, exiting and transiting at nine ports and other ports of Group No 5, said Sang.

As for the domestic routes, the department has maintained public online services with 25 port authorities across the country.

The administrative reforms have brought about significant changes, reducing time for vessels’ entry and exit to and from ports, creating favourable conditions for carriers, said Công.

However, port inspection has not been carried out at the Cái Mép – Thị Vải region, and a number of inspection works were brought to offices in inner HCM City districts, causing a waste of time and money to carriers and port authorities.

The Maritime Department plans to further apply 4.0 technology to further simplify

procedures and provide support to enterprises.

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