The Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT), the largest container port in Ho Chi Minh City, received its first vessel October 16 from one of the largest container transportation companies in the world.
|SPCT welcomes its first vessel on October 16 (Photo: Phap Luat Newspaper)|
The vessel Asta Richmers was from the CMA-CGM, a French container transportation and shipping company.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee said during the welcoming ceremony that it was a significant event in the city’s economic maritime development.
Patrick Bol, general director of SPCT said that the 40-hectare port has a capacity of 1.5 million TEUs a year; one TEU is equal to a 20-foot container.
The terminal’s construction includes two stages with the first stage completed on 23 hectares.
SPCT is also the first completed work of the Hiep Phuoc Port Complex in the city’s Nha Be District.
On the same day, Hiep Phuoc Port Customs Sub-department, a subsidiary of the HCMC Customs Department, officially came into operation.
The customs sub-department was established in September 2009 with 50 customs staff.
The city customs department currently has six sub-departments at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Cat Lai, Phuoc Long, Khanh Hoi, Tan Thuan and Hiep Phuoc Ports.