1. SAIGON NEWPORT – OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN VIETNAM
On the 19th of April 2016, SASTALC was invited by the Embassy of Vietnam in South Africa to attend a presentation on Vietnam Logistics. This was on the occasion of the visit by Saigon Newport Corporation, one of the largest logistics service providers of Vietnam to South Africa.
Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP) has become the most modern, professional and biggest container terminal operator in Vietnam with the sea -port operation services which include: cargo handling, logistics, maritime services, salvage, pilot, real estate, office building, civil and military construction and multi-modal transportation services. SNP holds the leading market share among the terminal operators in Vietnam. The import-export container throughput of SNP has accounted for more than 85 % of the market share in Hochiminh city area and nearly 50 % nationwide.
SNP’s Tan Cang- Cat Lai Terminal is now the biggest and most modern international container terminal in Vietnam. The total area of Tan Cang- Cat Lai Terminal is approximated at 800,000 sqm. Cat Lai Terminal has 7 berths with a total length of 1,189 meters, which have been equipped with 17 Modern Panamax Quayside Gantry Cranes. The new terminal management and operation software system namely TOP-X provided by the RBS (Australia) and the corresponding hardware of the terminal allow for container management in real time as well as optimize the terminal capability.
SNP’s Tan Cang- Cai Mep container terminal, Vietnam’s first deep sea terminal, is able to accommodate vessels of up to 110,000 DWT (9,000 teu’s) and currently handles vessels providing direct services between Vietnam and the USA’s West and East coasts. This is being facilitated by the three major shipping alliances; New World Alliance, the Grand Alliance and the CKYHE Alliance.
As the leading terminal operator in Vietnam, Saigon Newport is making its best efforts to perfect the service quality and commits itself to providing customers with door- to -door services with the motto “Come to SAIGON NEWPORT, Come to THE BEST QUALITY SERVICES!"
Due to the growing Vietnamese economy, Saigon Newport is keen to meet with investors, service providers and exporters from the country. This follows the signing of trade agreements between both countries, opening the Vietnamese market to South African products and services. As the Council, we look forward to extending this opportunity to our members and stakeholders – with the aim of building relations as well as supporting each other’s economies.
2. PORT STATS JANUARY – MARCH 2016
Click on the following links to access the ports stats for January – March 2016
3. GUIDELINES ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLAS VI REGULATION 2 AMENDMENT: VERIFICATION OF THE GROSS MASS OF PACKED CONTAINERS
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has released the following document which outlines the Republic of South Africa’s guidelines for the implementation of the mandatory amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter VI, Part A, Regulation 2. The SOLAS requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers carrying cargo (SOLAS regulation VI/2) will come into effect in July 2016. It must be noted that:
“Prior to loading cargo units on board ships, the shipper shall ensure that the gross mass of such units is in accordance with the gross mass declared on the shipping documents”.
The SOLAS amendment places the responsibility of providing the verified gross mass of a packed container on the shipper, prior to it being loaded on board a ship. READ MORE
METHOD 2: VERIFICATION OF THE GROSS MASS OF A PACKED CONTAINER: SAMSA APPOINTED THIRD PARTIES
The following companies have been accredited by SAMSA to approve shippers using Method 2 to verify the gross mass of a packed and sealed container.
|Company||Contact Person||Operating||Contact No.||Email Address|
|Dave Johnson / Magda Harding||Nationally||
083 625 8480
084 227 4259
|082 441 2503||
4. VERIFIED GROSS MASS INDUSTRY FAQ'S: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SOLAS AMENDMENTS EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2016
The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, requires that a packed containers’ gross mass is verified prior to stowage aboard ship. The shipper is responsible for ensuring this. Failure to provide this information may result in the master of the vessel refusing to load the container on board.
The following document has been compiled in response to questions that have been raised by the industry in relation to the revised SOLAS regulation and the accompanying guidelines.
It is recognised that further general questions are likely to be raised, only some of which will be resolved with the relevant National Competent Authority or commercial counter-party. Click on the following link to access the full document
5. NATCOR SHUTDOWN MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Transnet Freight Rail, Container and Automotive Business (CAB) wishes to inform you that the annual Natcor Maintenance Program is scheduled for the 10th until the 16th of May, with a complete shutdown between the 12th and 14th of May. READ MORE
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