Monday, October 19, 2009

DP Worlds Vietnam Terminal Handles First Container Ship

CMA CGM vessel calls at SPCT
Shipping News Feature

HO CHI MINH CITY – The new Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT) handled its first vessel last Thursday. The development, an 80:20 joint venture between Dubai-based marine terminal operator DP World and the Vietnamese state-owned Tan Thuan Industrial Promotion Company, received the MV Asta Rickmers, a 1,200m TEU ship belonging to the French CMA CGM line.

The SPCT is a state of the art facility that is located on the Soai Rap River, approximately 15 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. It has been built to meet the needs of Ho Chi Minh City’s growing trade which is beginning to tax the older port infrastructure currently used. The new facility will be officially opened next year and is expected to rapidly meet its capacity of 1.5 million TEU per annum.

Peter Wong, SVP and Managing Director, DP World Asia Pacific said that: “I am delighted to announce the readiness of the terminal to handle its first vessel. The on-time completion of the terminal reflects the success of our partnership with the government of Vietnam.

“We see long term public-private partnerships as a model that is win win for all – as the economy grows so does the business.

“We also believe that operating the port in Vietnam will allow us to provide further, quality services for our customers and create an efficient, modern gateway for this region.”

(pic: Saigon's old port)