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SM Line, Asia Pacific Carrier, joins INTTRA Network
Monday, 21 August 2017 02:33

NEW JERSEY: INTTRA, the ocean container shipping industry’s largest neutral electronic transaction platform and information provider, and SM Line, one of the World’s newest and fastest-growing container shipping providers, announced an agreement that will expand INTTRA’s reach in Korea and globally, while offering SM Line an advanced network to create value for its customers.

As a result of the new carrier partnership, INTTRA will provide service through SM Line’s intra-Asia and Asia-U.S. options, and others as the carrier expands. SM Line and its customers will benefit from INTTRA’s network to reduce manual bookings and increase SM Line’s ocean container bookings online.

“The addition of one of the fastest-growing Korean-based global container shippers to our network is welcome news” said Mr. Vijay Minocha, INTTRA’s President of Asia Pacific. “INTTRA’s suite of services will benefit SM Line through improved efficiency and visibility and by creating overall value for customers.”

SM Line is joining the world’s largest network of shippers, freight forwarders and carriers because it believes.

 
OK for coal trans-shipment port
Monday, 14 August 2017 02:17

Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has approved the proposal to build a coal shipment port in the southern region.

The deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Industry and Trade in co-operation with the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to complete the port construction feasibility report. The port will carry coal to thermo-power plants in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta region.

As per the deputy PM’s instruction, the ministries will propose coal shipment plans to serve the urgent thermo-power plant demand in the region while building suitable investment plans to submit to the PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc for approval.

According to the national electricity development master plan, the Mekong Delta region will have seven major thermo-power centres, including Long Phú, Sông Hậu, Duyên Hải, Bạc Liêu, An Giang, Kiên Lương and Tiền Giang.

The total demand of imported coal for the thermo-power centres would be around 11 million tonnes by 2020 and 22 million tonnes by 2025. The coal demand would increase to 43 million tonnes by 2030.

Local coal resources have been concentrated in the northeastern province of Quảng Ninh which mainly serve for thermo-power centres in the northern and central provinces.

Experts argue that Việt Nam should have a coal trans-shipment port to reduce costs of transport to the centres in the region. However, the Government should consider coal import sources and vessel capacity
 
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
 
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