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Vung Tau to invest in logistics, port
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 02:02

Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province plans to build a new logistics centre and container port with total investment of VND50 trillion (US$2.17 billion).

The Government Office recently released Vice President Trinh Dinh Dung’s statement regarding the construction of the Cai Mep Ha logistics centre and Cai Mep Ha container port in the province’s Phu My Commune.

The Cai Mep Ha logistics centre will have a total area of ​​1,200ha, with an estimated investment of VND40 trillion ($1.74 billion).

To ensure investment efficiency, the Geleximco Group’s Ha Noi Import and Export Company is responsible for exchanging information and working with the investor on the outcome of this joint-venture project, as well as the exploitation and use of ports.

The provincial People’s Committee will give instructions to the company on investment procedures, land lease, land allocation and construction investment in accordance with the law and requirements for economic growth of the province and southern key economic areas.

Cai Mep Ha container port will be developed on an area of ​​86.6ha with total investment of VND10 trillion.

The Vung Tau Shipbuilding and Oil Services Joint-Stock Company will be the investor.

Maersk changes dangerous cargo stowage
Monday, 08 October 2018 01:08

DENMARK's Maersk Line will no longer stow certain categories of dangerous cargo next to crew accommodations or anywhere below deck across its fleet, acting upon the findings of a review of stowage procedures that was carried out in the wake of the deadly fire aboard the Maersk Honam in March.

The cause of the blaze that started on March 6 and claimed the lives of five crew members has not yet been determined and the carrier admits the investigation may end up being inconclusive, reported IHS Media.

During the review, the company found that the existing rules governing the stowage of dangerous goods cargoes, which create their own oxygen and can't be extinguished using standard carbon dioxide-based on-board firefighting equipment, to be inadequate and has implemented new procedures fleet-wide.

The company said cargo covered under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will no longer be stowed next to crew accommodations or the main propulsion plant, which is defined as the risk zone with the lowest risk tolerance.

"All cargo aboard Maersk Honam was accepted as per the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and stowed on board the vessel accordingly," said head of fleet technology Ole Graa Jakobsen.

Maersk is seeking to have the findings of the review that was undertaken with the support of the classification society ABS implemented industrywide. "Containership fires are a problem for our entire industry and we intend to share and discuss our learnings from this thorough review within relevant industry forums," Mr Jakobsen said.

Following several high-profile containership fires and the increasing size of containerships overall, attention is increasingly focused on the issue of fires given the risk to crews, cargoes and ships. One issue is that goods go undeclared, leaving the carrier blind as to what cargo is being loaded on its ship.

Maritime risk expert Peregrine Storrs-Fox of the underwriter TT Club told the JOC Container Trade Europe conference in Hamburg earlier this month that an estimated 150,000 misdeclared containers of dangerous goods are shipped on containerships annually.

"Each one is effectively a ticking time bomb," he said. Another issue is properly declared but poorly stowed dangerous goods within the container.

Seaports told to remove scrap containers
Friday, 05 October 2018 04:16

The Việt Nam Maritime Administration has ordered all seaport management agencies to quickly deal with the huge backlog of imported scrap containers across the country.

wners were told to transport the containers out of Việt Nam immediately, Bùi Thiên Thu, deputy director of the administration, told Giao thông (Transport) online newspaper.

He said any delay could pose a risk of serious environmental pollution.

Thu said his administration had already asked the Việt Nam Customs Agency to catalogue all imported scrap containers that had been in a port for over 90 days, and to tell their owners to collect their contents as soon as possible.

As per regulations, the agency will remove dry goods after 60 days and perishable or chemical goods after 15 days if they are not claimed.

Nearly 9,000 imported scrap containers remain at the country’s ports, including in Hải Phòng, HCM City and Vũng Tàu.

Hà Quang Thắng, head of Legislation Office of the Hải Phòng Maritime Administration, said there were about 5,800 containers at the Hải Phòng port. 1,470 of these have been there longer than 90 days, and an additional 1,700 have been there for between 30 and 90 days.

The Việt Nam Maritime Administration and the Việt Nam Environment Administration had co-operated to record the backlog earlier this month, he said. But they had yet to issue a document detailing potential solutions.

Trịnh Thế Cường from the Việt Nam Maritime Administration said the containers house plastic, paper, aluminum and iron imported by foreign shipping companies.

Nguyễn Tương, general secretary of the Việt Nam Logistic Business Association, said local seaport management agencies must be careful to check the electronic manifest system before allowing ships to land.

Should there be any doubt, the agencies should ask ship owners to take the good out of Việt Nam, he said.

Tương said relevant agencies should remove containers that have been in place for more than 90 days as quickly as possible to make space for new containers to arrive.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc called for urgent measures to improve the management of imports of scrap as a production material few days ago.

The PM directed the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment not to issue new scrap import certifications or extend existing certificates.

The ministry only considers granting the permit, which certifies firms have fulfilled environmental protection conditions, when the importer can prove there is demand for the scrap materials.

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