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Vietnam to spend US$970 million by 2030 to develop inland box depots
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:29

VIETNAM needs VND9 trillion to VND15 trillion (US$397-US$661.5 million) to develop inland container depots (ICD) over the next three years and a total of VND20 trillion to 22 trillion to build ICDs across the country over the coming decade.

This is part of the government's newly approved master plan for Vietnam's inland container depot development to 2020 with a vision to 2030, reports VietNamNet Bridge.

The new initiative aims to help inland container depot systems meet increasing demand for export-import transport, boost sea port capacity for goods clearance, ensure the safety of goods and ease traffic congestion in urban areas.

The inland container depots will be developed into hubs for organising goods transport and providing logistics services. By 2020 inland container depots are expected to handle 15-20 per cent of the volume of containerized goods, with a total capacity of four million to 6.84 million TEU per year.

The figures are forecast to rise to 25-30 per cent and 12 million to 17.6 million TEU per year, respectively by 2030.

Six ICDs in the north are planned in the coastal economic zone of Hanoi - Lao Cai economic corridor, Hanoi - Lang Son economic corridor, the economic zones in the northwest and southeast of Hanoi, and the Hanoi-Thai Nguyen/Cao Bang economic corridor.

Six ICDs in the central and central highlands are planned for the highway nine economic corridor, highway 19 economic corridor, Da Nang Thua Thien Hue - highway 14 economic area, the central highland region, Nghi Son economic zone, highway eight economic corridor, and highway 12A economic corridor.

Three ICDs in the south will be built in the economic zones in the northeast and southwest of Ho Chi Minh city and the Mekong Delta Region.

Over the next three years the work will focus on developing inland container deports along transport corridors connecting to large seaports such as Hai Phong port in the north and Cai Mep-Thi Vai port in the south.

Investment priority will be given to ports close to industrial clusters and parks, export processing zones, logistics centres and international border gates.

Figures from the Ministry of Transport show that Vietnam currently has 20 ICDs.

Hyundai Merchant Marine plans to double vessel capacity by 2022
Monday, 15 January 2018 02:08

HYUNDAI Merchant Marine (HMM) plans to double vessel capacity by launching mega ships by 2022, CEO Yoo Chang-Keun told employees in a New Year's address.

HMM is the latest of several carriers to announce plans for increased capacity and mega containerships. Maersk Line, CMA CGM, MSC and MOL have already put vessels of 22,000 TEU or more into service.

Mr Yoo said HMM hit the four million TEU mark in 2017 from three million TEU lifted in 2016, reported American Shipper.

"I am convinced that these achievements have laid a solid foundation for our long-term plan where we continue to consider ways of doubling our vessel capacity by 2022 including the launching of mega containerships as we deem the environmental regulations in 2020 as a golden opportunity for our resurgence," he said.

Industry experts have predicted protectionism and instability, said Mr Yoo, and in order to meet capacity goals, he issued several directives, including the launch of competitive products in the east-west trade lanes with expanded coverage in Asia via the K2 cooperation.

The K2 consortium was formed earlier in 2017 with two smaller South Korean carriers - Heung-A Shipping and Sinokor Merchant Marine - for moving cargo within Asia.

In 2017, HMM ordered two 11,000-TEU vessels and announced plans to issue rights to raise $620 million in October to add ships to its fleet and buy stakes in shipping terminals in North America and elsewhere.

The CMA CGM Corporate Foundation presents its 2017 award in Lebanon to the SESOBEL association
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:34

Tanya Saadé Zeenny, Vice-President of the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation and Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, presented today the Foundation’s 2017 Prize to the SESOBEL association. This award recognizes the work done by SESOBEL for children with disabilities and their families.

On this occasion, Naïla Saadé, President of the CMA CGM Foundation, said: “The work done by SESOBEL for more than 40 years is absolutely remarkable and we have been particularly touched by its commitment to children and young people with disabilities. SESOBEL has become an institution in Lebanon in the field of disability management through a global and humane approach. Each child is given special attention to help him develop, along with his family, his autonomy and lead a happy and fulfilling life.

Founded in 1976, SESOBEL helps children and adolescents with physical, mental or invasive disorders and works with their families for better support. A multidisciplinary team of professionals, specialized educators as well as hundreds of volunteers supervise daily these children and young people from all over of Lebanon, for medical follow-up, rehabilitation and an educational program aiming to develop their capacities and to make them autonomous.

Thus, a help center through work allows these young people to find jobs according to their abilities. In addition, a large center for children and young people with autism has been under construction since 2015.

Each year, the CMA CGM Foundation Prize recognizes, in Lebanon and France, two associations for their commitment in the social and humanitarian field. In France, the SOS Children’s Villages association received the 2017 Foundation Prize. In addition, the CMA CGM Corporate Foundation has rewarded, as part of its 2017 call for projects, 13 Lebanese and French associations working to improve the living conditions, well-being and development of children who are ill or victims of trauma. Since 2012, the Foundation has also been running the Containers of Hope operation, which enables French non-governmental Organizations to deliver humanitarian material free of charge thanks to the CMA CGM Group’s shipping services.


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