Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) yesterday announced that its joint venture company Haiphong International Container Terminal Co., Ltd. held an opening ceremony for the new Haiphong International Container Terminal (HICT) at Lach Huyen Port on May 13.

MOL JV company Haiphong International Container Terminal held opening ceremony for HICT new container terminal at Lach Huyen Port, Vietnam
Caption: Goods unloaded at Hai Phong International Container Terminal (Source: VNA)

HICT is the first terminal in Northern Vietnam with a berth deep enough to allow calls by 14,000TEU containerships. It will meet customer demands for shorter transit times and lower transport costs, while contributing to economic growth in Northern Vietnam, including Haiphong industrial park, since large-size container vessels, which offer direct links to Asia and North America/Europe, can call at the port. In addition, MOL participates in the tugboat business at Lach Huyen Port, so it will meet expanding demand for HICT by supporting the large containerships that will call with increasing frequency, while ensuring safe vessel operation.

The opening of the terminal means the opening of Lach Huyen Port itself. The Lach Huyen Port construction project is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the government of Japan and Vietnam. Backed by Yen Loan from Japan, the Vietnamese government has been constructing various infrastructure projects such as reclamation, levee protection, a groin and breakwater, causeway and access road between the port and Cat Hai Island. HICT, as a private business entity in which MOL invests, rents space to operate the container terminal.

The MOL Group opened Tan Cang - Cai Mep International Terminal (MOL's contribution: 21.33%) at Cai Mep Port in Southern Vietnam in 2011, and has been focusing on infrastructure development in Vietnam. In Northern Vietnam, the group is already expanding its logistics business operations such as customs clearance, warehousing, and inland transport, and a container depot business in the Haiphong area. With the newly opened terminal, MOL group has further expanded its presence in Northern Vietnam, which is expected to show significant development and growth in the future. The MOL Group continually provides stress-free services to meet customer needs throughout Vietnam.

1.Outline of terminal operation company

  1. Name: Haiphong International Container Terminal Co., Ltd
  2. Business: Container terminal operation
  3. Investors:
  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.: 17.5%
  • Saigon Newport Company (Vietnam): 51%
  • Wan Hai Lines Ltd. (Taiwan): 16.5%
  • ITOCHU Corporation: 15.0%

2.Outline of terminal

  1.  Name: Haiphong International Container Terminal
  2. Location: Lach Huyen, Cat Hai District, east of Haiphong, Vietnam
  3. Total floor area: About 45 hectares
  4. Length of berth: About 750m (2 berths)
  5. Water depth: Channel access / Turning basin: 14meters, Berth depth: 16 meters (up to over 14,000TEU containerships can call, depending on tidal condition)
  6. Max. annual trade volume: About 1.1 million TEU

Source: MOL