Cai Lan International Container Terminal (CICT), a joint venture between Cai Lan Port Investment Joint Stock Company (CPI) and SSA Holdings International Vietnam (SSAHVN), celebrated the opening of Berths 2, 3 and 4 at Cai Lan Port.
CICT holds a 50-year lease to develop, design, finance, construct, equip, and operate Berths 2, 3 and 4 at Cai Lan Port in Quang Ninh Province, located along the northeastern coast of Vietnam.
The initial investment phase of the project was $155 million and consisted of preparatory work and development of the shipping container yard and supporting infrastructure.
Construction of the berths began in December 2010. The terminal opened in August 2012, welcoming its first vessel from the Mediterranean Shipping Company, and the establishment of a weekly rotation service from Singapore to Vietnam. In March 2013, CICT completed all marine and civil construction work.
“Since we started operations in August 2012, we continue to set new productivity benchmarks for container terminals in Vietnam,” said CICT General Director Patrick Avice, during his remarks at the ceremony. “Our gross crane productivity has reached world-class levels, always above 40 moves/hour/crane and over 120 berth moves per hour, with zero injury and damage.”
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Quang Ninh Province, provincial officials selected thirty of the most impactful infrastructure development projects in the province’s history.
CICT was chosen as the third largest project to benefit Quang Ninh. A commemorative plaque was unveiled during the ceremony and will permanently be on display at the terminal.
CICT, with the deepest draft in North Vietnam, has the capabilities to expand its container yard and invest in more equipment in order to reach full capacity of 1.2 million TEUs by 2016.
Bob Watters, Senior Vice President
SSA Marine, Seattle
CICT is a joint venture company between SSA Holdings International – Vietnam, Inc., a subsidiary of the American company – Carrix, Inc., and Cai Lan Port Investment Company, whose majority shareholders are Vinalines, the Vietnam National Shipping Lines, and Quang Ninh Port.