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HCM City discusses smart traffic system near port
Monday, 24 July 2017 02:23

Officials and experts have called on the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to adopt smart traffic systems to reduce the congestion around Cat Lai port in district 2.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has held a meeting with city officials and experts from the HCM City International University and relevant agencies to discuss the problem.

He had earlier visited the My Thuy intersection to survey the traffic situation near the port.

At the meeting a Department of Transport official said his agency has been co-ordinating with the port management and other agencies to find solutions to the congestion, which is badly affecting both businesses and residents in the area. But their efforts have been useless so far, he admitted.

Some 17,000 vehicles enter the port daily, occasionally going up to even 19,000 - 22,000, while the capacity of the main street leading to it, Nguyen Thi Dinh, is not more than 15,000, according to the department.

According to the Vietnam Seaport Development Master Plan, the cargo transported through the port is expected to reach 36 million tonnes per year by 2020. But the volume has exploded, crossing 53 million tonnes last year.

The transport official said many infrastructure works are under construction in the vicinity, worsening a bad situation.


An official from Sai Gon New Port Corporation, the port operator, called for speeding up infrastructure works around the port to ease the congestion.

Besides, authorities should crack down on illegal parking lots and traffic violations, the official said.

Associate Prof. Ho Thanh Phong, the principal of the university, urged city authorities to install a smart traffic system around the Cat Lai Port.

Smart systems gather traffic data, check traffic routes, monitor vehicles and take over traffic lights in case of congestion, he said.

Such systems are in place in the Sai Gon River Tunnel and on Vo Van Kiet Boulevard, he said.

Nhan said: "A smart traffic system is essential and should be installed as soon as possible. Based on traffic data provided by the system, city authorities can find solutions more efficiently and faster.”

He said the transport department should deploy it at traffic hotspots like the Cat Lai Port and Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

The university should estimate its cost and co-ordinate with relevant agencies to install the system soon near the port, he said.

He also urged the city to speed up construction of Ring Road 2 and other works to complete them on schedule.

He said the People’s Committee should have smart traffic systems in place all over the city by 2020.

Source: Vietnamnet
"Made in Vietnam" cargo container cranes arrive at India
Monday, 17 July 2017 02:12

After nearly 30 days at sea, three 1,400-tonne rail mounted quayside cranes (RMQC), also known as ship-to-shore cargo container cranes, have safely reached the port of Bharat Mumbai Container Terminal, India.

The cranes were designed and manufactured at Doosan Vina’s heavy industry complex and then shipped from the company’s dedicated port in Quang Ngai, Vietnam on May 19.

Each of the three RMQC’s weighs 1,400 tonnes, has a cargo boom of 144 metres, stands 84 metres high and 26 metres wide. The cranes can handle 65-tonne containers efficiently, safely, and profitably. Additionally, because they were fully assembled prior to shipment, the cranes will soon be fully operational.

Located at India’s largest container port, BMCT has 16.5-metre deep berths and docks that are 2,000 metres in length. BMCT is well-connected to key markets in India by a network of highways and railroads serving the 4.8 million TEU port.

Since Doosan Vina’s grand opening in May 2009, the company has manufactured and shipped 68 giant cargo container cranes to customers around the world.

Cosco Shipping to buy 14 containerships for a total of US$1.78bn
Monday, 10 July 2017 03:05

CHINA's Cosco Shipping Corp will purchase 14 more containerships in two deals worth a combined US$1.78 billion.

Six mega ships will be purchased from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co with eight vessels purchased from Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co. The 14 vessels are slated for delivery over the next two years.

Traditionally, Chinese shipping companies mainly transported containers on shipping lines between Asia and Africa, and China and Southeast Asia," said Wan Min, General Manager of China Cosco Shipping Corp. "But we are now focusing on major shipping lines between Asia and Europe, and Asia and North and South America.

"Free trade arrangements, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreement and China-Australia FTA, will also offer new growth opportunities for China Cosco Shipping's container cargo services in the Asia-Pacific region," he added.

Cosco Shipping Lines, the container carrier subsidiary of Cosco Shipping Corp, has an order for 33 containerships that would add another 500,000 TEU to its total 1.64 million-TEU fleet.

Cheng Zhiwei, an Analyst with Changjiang Securities Co, who said new orders for containerships will boost the company's presence.

"The race for larger container vessels will delay the recovery of the industry as the global shipping sector has experienced rocky times in recent years," said Mr Zhiwei.

But Wang Mingzhi, Deputy Director-General of the Waterborne Transport Bureau at the Ministry of Transport, said an upgrade was a positive move. "Better-equipped ships will help the company compete against international rivals," said Mr Wang.

The world's top container lines, Maersk Line of Denmark, MSC of Switzerland and CMA CGM of France hold a 40 per cent market share globally, leaving Chinese companies with "a relatively small share in comparison," according to Mr Wang.

Source: Daily Shipping Times
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