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HCM City port welcomes largest-ever container ship
Morotai, a container ship owned by CMA CGM Group Agencies (Australia) Pty Ltd., docked at the SP-ITC International Container Terminal in District 9, Ho Chi Minh City, on March 15, following the route from the city to Australia and vice versa. Weighing 40,000 tonnes and measuring 222 metres long, Morotai is the vessel with the largest deadweight tonnage having anchored at the SP-ITC port thus far.
Vietnam: Abandoned plastic wastes imports pile up at City ports
Following China’s ban on import of plastic wastes, a lot of them are coming instead to Việt Nam, but with consignees failing to claim shipments, the wastes are piling up at ports including in HCM City. As of late May 389 containers arriving in 6,801 consignments are lying in ports for more than 90 days without being claimed by their owners, a customs official told Người lao động (The labourer) newspaper. According to a Ministry of Finance circular, goods left unclaimed for more than 90 days at ports could be seized and sold. Cát Lái Port in District 2 has 307 containers and 448 parcels while Tân Sơn Nhất international airport and the express customs branch have 1,949 and 4,384 parcels. A customs official at Cát Lái Port said an increasing number of consignments have been piling up at ports for more than 90 days since the beginning of this year. The reason was China’s ban on import of plastic scrap from the EU, the US and Japan this year, who are now sending it to Southeast Asian countries, including Việt Nam, he said. But related agencies impose restrictions on import of wastes, meaning customs authorities are unable to process their entry, he said. Goods are also stuck at ports because consignees do not claim them.
Hyundai Merchant to develop Vietnam port facilities
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., South Korea’s biggest shipping line by sales, said Sunday it will work with a Vietnamese company on a port development project in the Southeast Asian country. Hyundai Merchant Marine signed an initial agreement with Saigon NewPort to jointly develop and operate port terminals and other logistics facilities, the company said in a statement. “Vietnam is a strategically important market (for shipping lines). This year, Hyundai Merchant’s shipping volume to Vietnam is likely to jump more than 50 percent compared with last year due to rising demand in emerging markets,” Hyundai Merchant CEO Yoo Chang-keun said in the signing ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City. Hyundai Merchant currently operates four routes to Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong. Source: YonhapNews schreiben