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Long Thanh Airport lotus design criticised for high cost
Thursday, 10 August 2017 02:11

The winning lotus design for Long Thanh International Airport Terminal has raised concerns that it may prove too costly to implement.

Tran Quang Chau, chairman of Vietnam Association on Aviation Science and Technology said the lotus-shaped terminal was chosen because the colour and layout used for each part are harmonious. In addition, people can clearly see that it is designed for large-scale airport and has traditional factors.

Lai Xuan Thanh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, said the decision was made after receiving public feedback in Hanoi, Da Nang, Dong Nai and Ho Chi Minh City and from associations such as the Vietnam Association of Architects and the Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association.

26 experts from ministries, agencies and professional associations led by Director General of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam Dinh Viet Thang also formed an advisory team to vote on the designs. 59.09% of the attendants voted for the lotus design.

Despite the consensus, there are still concerns the design will mean costs will rise. Curved buildings often have more problems with installing equipment.

Moreover, the proposed lotus design is not completed and still need further revise so the cost is undecided. Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia estimated that Long Thanh Airport project would cost USD16bn.

Nguyen Thanh Trung, former director of Vietnam Airlines, said, "The airports in developed countries in both Europe and Asia have simple designs. Paying too much attention to the design will lead to unnecessary costs."

Nguyen Quoc Thong, Vice President of the Vietnam Association of Architects, said it was clear that costs would be higher so suggested either trying to make the terminal look as much like a lotus as possible or make it stylised.

"The chosen design is trying to recreate a real lotus shape and that's not wise. We'll suggest a stylised design instead," he said.

The design is not the only thing that can reflect cultural identity. Thong said the cultural identity of Vietnam can be introduced via the interior such as a small garden with typical trees in Vietnam inside the airport. Moreover, the huge domes will mean high electric bill so they must consider using sunlight, natural ventilation and reusing water.

Source: Vietnamnet
TS Line's 1,800-TEU TS Bangkok christened
Monday, 07 August 2017 02:07

TAIWAN's TS Line proudly announced the naming of its 1,800 TEU containership TS Bangkok, at a christening ceremony held at the CSBC Corporation, Taiwan (CSBC) shipyard in Keelung on July 21. The ceremony was jointly held by Mr Wen-Lon Cheng, chairman of CSBC and Mr T S Chen, chairman of TS Lines. Wife of Mega International Commercial Bank's president Mr Li-Yen Yang also participated in the ceremony as the sponsor.

Mr Cheng addressed the importance of the series of 1,800-TEUers for TS Line. "Although the operating environment for ocean freight undergoes recession for several years, ship owners become increasingly conservative in placing new orders. With our consistent support for the local industry and our trust to the well established reputation for CSBC, we have chosen CSBC over other overseas shipbuilders to build our 1,800 TEU containerships."

"We are very grateful of TS Line's support during the storm," said Mr Cheng.

"Apart from the four 1,800-TEUers, we will continue to place new orders at CSBC's Keelung shipyard," said Mr Chen.

TS Bangkok is the first ship of the series. Work began in 2015, TS Bangkok has received certification from ClassNK (NK) and CR Classification Society (CR). The ship has a length of 172 metres and a width of 27.5 metres, it was the first containership equipped with CSBC's Sea-Sword Bow (SSB) technology. Compared to the traditional bow design, the SSB design is more efficient in energy saving and carbon reduction.

The SSB design's energy-saving device enables the ships to maintain optimum performance in various navigational conditions and to reduce fuel consumption. The design has been published on the cover of The Naval Architect for three consecutive years. It is also known as the best innovative vessel.

TS Bangkok will be serving the intra-Asia trade lane on the JHT service and her port rotation is: Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama, Tokyo, Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shekou, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Hong Kong, Shekou, Osaka.

PM visits Cai Mep int’l port in Ba Ria - Vung Tau
Friday, 04 August 2017 02:11

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 21 paid an inspection visit to the Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) in Tan Thanh district of the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

The government leader hailed the important role of seaports and transport infrastructure to the economy while expressing his hope that the facility will contribute more to the socio-economic development of the region and the country.

He said the Government and local authorities will consider the CMIT’s proposals on investment in traffic development connecting the CMIT to key economic areas.

He asked the CMIT to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Transport and local authorities to simplify administrative procedures, creating optimal conditions for goods transport at the port.

Cai Mep is one of the fastest growing deep-water ports of the world and is able to accommodate large size ships with capacity up to 200,000 tonnes.

In the first half of 2017, the CMIT posted a growth of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, earning US$12 million in revenue.

Covering an area of 48ha and with 600m-long wharves, the port has a capacity of more than 1.1 million TEU.

On the 70th War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), the Prime Minister visited the Long Dat nursing centre for war invalids and revolutionary contributors in the southern province.

He expressed his gratitude to war invalids who devoted their life to the fight for national liberation and international missions.

“The Party and the State are consistently implementing the policy of caring for national contributors, regarding it as a basic and important task of the country’s social welfare system. Despite difficulties in national context, the Party and State have improved policies to consider the caring of invalids and martyrs family members an important task," he said.

Late the same day, the Prime Minister worked with Ba Ria Vung Tau leaders on socio-economic development tasks. He called on the province to develop supportive industry and high-tech agriculture, attract strong investors, and pay attention to socio-economic plans of Con Dao island district.

Source: VOV
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