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ADVANTAGES OF DOWNSTREAM PORTS IN 2019
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:59

Large shipping lines have continuously increased their feeder size to cut costs on each container, which means a draught (the boat is submerged in water) and the overall length of the vessel is also increased. Therefore, downstream ports with deeper flows and larger turning basin will have a significant advantage over upstream ports.

 

The deep-water port cluster in Cai Mep - Thi Vai (Vung Tau) is expected to become an important container gate in the southern region. After a long time with low performance, in fact, container volume in 2017 in this area has tripled compared to 2011 and reached 2.4 million tons, accounting for about 20% of Vietnam's container volume. .

 

With the characteristics of a deep-water port cluster, this area has the advantage of being able to receive large vessels up to 200,000 DWT. In the trend of firms always want to use large size vessels to transport goods. Demand in this region will be positive in the next few years.

Besides, the US-China trade war can help Vietnam increase its ability to gain market share from China as a production center due to its relatively cheap labor force, stable political environment and major Open trade books.

 

 

Meanwhile, Vietnam's export value for goods that China has been taxed (wood, textiles and footwear) grew at a higher rate than every year. This trend may boost the demand for international shipping to Vietnam, thus increasing the amount of container throughput because these products are mainly transported by sea.

 

The Ministry of Transport has issued Circular 54/2018 / TT-BGTVT, thereby adjusting the price frame for a range of services at Vietnamese seaports, including container loading and unloading services. The circular will officially take effect in 2019. Accordingly, the new floor price will be 10% higher than the current floor price (equal to the market price due to oversupply) for the northern ports ( not including HICT in Lach Huyen).

 

This will help to increase the income of downstream ports in Hai Phong by breaking down the service price trend due to the tough competition in this area. In the South, the frame remains the same, except for the terminals in Cai Mep - Thi Vai (up 13% per TEU).

 

However, FDI inflows are slowing down. Too much reliance on FDI will put the economy at risk if the activities of FDI enterprises become stagnant. At the same time, the problem of oversupply in Hai Phong may lead to port operators not fully benefiting from the lifting of container handling rates.

 

In addition, delay dredging activities lead to unsecured channel depth, leading to a reduction in cargo throughput.

 
9,600-TEU APL SHIP ON FIRE EN ROUTE FROM SHENZHEN TO SINGAPORE
Thursday, 14 February 2019 02:22

THE Singapore-flagged 9,600-TEU APL Vancouver has been hit by fire on its on cargo deck as the ship was en route from Shenzhen to Singapore and had to head into to Vietnamese waters.

It sailed into obscure Vung Ro Bay in Phu Yen Province, where the Vietnamese Coast Guard organised fire fighting operations. It is understood that a salvage company has already been contracted.

Now a unit of French shipping giant CMA CGM, APL, the operator of the ship, reported that fire broke out in one of the cargo holds about 4.30am January 31, whereupon emergency response procedures were activated by the crew.

All 24 crewmen were reportedly in good health, and no pollution has been reported.

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has warned that the design and fire fighting arrangements of modern container ships can make cargo fires difficult to address, noted Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.

"Once established, a fire can be virtually impossible to get under control," asserted Nick Haslam, group director of shipping services for LOC, in a recent post for IUMI.

"This is because of a combination of factors; restricted access to the cargo stow where many of the fires have started and the sheer size and scale of an ultra large container vessel (ULCV), together with inadequate crew training and equipment."

 
HANOI TO SEE 417KM METRO RAIL TILL 2050
Thursday, 24 January 2019 04:22

Hanoi’s Urban Transport Master Plan until 2030 with a vision to 2050 outlines the development for a core urban zone and additional satellite cities.

The metro system is the backbone of the plan as it connects the inner zone to satellite cities, as well as other modes of public transport like buses.

According to the plan, the Hanoi metro system will run a total length of 417km, of which approximately 76km will be underground. The planned lines are as follows:

Line 1

Ngoc Hoi – Yen Vien – Nhu Quynh, with two sections: Ngoc Hoi – Yen Vien and Gia Lam – Dương Xá.

Line 2

Noi Bai – Thuong Dinh – Buoi, with further sections: Nam Thang Long – Tran Hung Dao; Tran Hung Dao - Thuong Dinh; Thuong Dinh - Belt Road 2 – Buoi; Noi Bai – Thăng Long; and an extension of Line 2 to Soc Son District.

Line 2A

Cat Linh – Ha Dong - Xuan Mai, with sections: Cat Linh – Ha Dong, and an extension of the Xuan Mai section.

Line 3

Troi – Nhon – Yen So, with sections: Nhon – Hanoi Railway Station; Troi – Nhon; Hanoi Railway Station – Yen So – Hoang Mai; and an extension to Son Tay Town.

Line 4

Me Linh – Sai Dong – Lien Ha

Line 5

Văn Cao – Hoa Lac, with two sections: Van Cao – Belt Road 4 and Belt Road 4 – Hoa Lac

Line 6

Noi Bai – Ngoc Hoi

Line 7

Me Linh – Ha Dong

Line 8

Son Dong – Mai Dich – Duong Xa, including two sections: Son Dong – Mai Dich and Mai Dich – Belt Road 3 – Dương Xa

Additional line

Son Tay – Hoa Lac – Xuan Mai Route, connecting to satellite urban areas.

According to the plan, nine sections of four lines will be in operation by 2025. Line 2A (Cat Linh – Ha Dong) is operating test rides and is expected to be in operation in 2019. Line 3 (Nhon – Hanoi Railway Station) is accelerating construction and is expected to open the elevated section by 2020, with the remainder of the line operational by 2022. Line 2 (Tran Hung Dao – Nam Thang Long) still needs design approval and investment.

With an annual growth rate of 7 per cent, Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia. Vietnam’s cities are also experiencing rapid growth. It is expected that 50 per cent of the population will live in urban areas by 2025. As the country’s capital, the city needs to develop a transportation infrastructure accordingly.

Currently, public transport in Hanoi consists of only buses and taxis. There are two types of buses, regular buses and BRT buses. Once completed, this metro system, together with the current bus system, will be the backbone of the city’s public transport network.

 

 

 
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