By Kinh Luan - The Saigon Times Daily
VUNG TAU – The Tan Cang - Cai Mep Deepwater Terminal Area in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province inaugurated the second phase on Saturday, said Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal Joint-stock Co. as the operator of this phase.
|A bird’s eye view of Tan Cang-Cai Mep Deepwater Terminal Area, whose two development phases have been completed and put into operation in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province - Photo: Kinh Luan|
The second phase, marking the completion of the entire project, is comprised of a container yard covering 40 hectares and a berth section extending 590 meters.
In the first phase that was completed and put to service in June 2009 by another operator, facilities include a berth section of 300 meters and a container yard of 20 hectares.
The operator of the second-phase facilities, which is a joint venture between Saigon Newport Corp. and three shipping lines of Mitsui OSK Line from Japan, Hanjin from Korea, and Wanhai from Taiwan, also welcomed the maiden call of The New World Alliance’s direct service that links up the container terminal to their Eastern Asia-North Europe sea route coded JEX.
Akira Kurita, general director of the operator, said Cai Mep was the sixteenth port of this sea route operated by The New World Alliance.
This 21-day direct service that uses the deepwater port of Cai Mep will help both importers and exporters in Vietnam to cut costs of transshipment in Singapore, he added.
The entire terminal, with the berth now stretching a total 890 meters and container yard covering a combined 60 hectares, has a designed throughput of 1.8 million TEUs or 25.3 million tons of cargo per year.
It is also equipped with modern facilities and equipment for its cargo handling. These include six ship-to-shore gantries, 20 rubber-tyred gantries, 30 container trucks and 600 sockets for fridge containers.
Saigon Newport Corp. said the container terminal is now the most advanced and fully-done deepwater terminal in Vietnam.