Son Duong port receives biggest ever bulk carrier

Thursday, 2015-10-01 17:54:23
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After 2 hours, FPMC B 108 docks at S1 berth, Son Duong port. (Image credit: vietnamnet.vn)
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NDO – Bulk carrier FPMC B 108 (nationality Liberia), with a capacity of 95,700 tonnes, docked at Son Duong deepwater port in central Ha Tinh province’s Vung Ang Economic Zone on October 1.

The vessel is the largest tonnage ever bulk carrier to dock in Vietnam and currently only Son Duong port is capable of receiving the vessel.

FPMC B 108, measuring 229.2m long, 38m wide with a draught of 14.5m, transported 88,000 tonnes of coal from Hay Point port (Australia) for steelworks at Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Iron and Steel Complex.

As soon as the ship docked, Ha Tinh port authorities completed procedures for unloading the coal to serve steel plants at the complex.

Son Duong deepwater port system is the largest and deepest modern port in Vietnam invested in by Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Group with a total capital of US$1 billion. Once completed, it will be capable of receiving vessels of up to 300,000 DWT.

Phase 1 of the project has been completed with 11 docks – two for 20,000 DWT ships and nine for vessels from 10,000-50,000 DWT – and an expected 28 million tonnes of goods passing through the port per year.

Currently, five docks at the port have been licenced by Vietnam Maritime Administration for temporary operation, allowing 10,000-50,000 DWT ships to dock.

As planned, 32 specialised berths will be invested, including six for boats of 200,000-300,000 DWT, 20 for vessels of 30,000-50,000 DWT and six for ships of 6,000-10,000 DWT. The total berth length is about 6,600m. Cargo throughput is expected at 85 million tonnes a year.