Oldendorff Carriers to Build Two Ships for Transhipment Gig in Vietnam

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…As Matson Resumes Hawaii Cargo Ops***

German bulk carrier owner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has signed an integrated coal transport and transhipment deal for a new power station project to be built in the North of Vietnam at Nghi Son.

Under the contract, the company will transport around 100 million tonnes of coal over 25 years for Nghi Son 2 Power Limited Liability Company (NS2PC), a consortium between Marubeni Corp of Japan and Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).

To support the project, Oldendorff Carriers said it would build two transhipment vessels in China, with the first ship being ready to tranship and deliver coal cargoes in 2021.

The ships will feature a length of 145 m, a beam of abt 34 m with about 27,000 tdw on 8.5m draft. They will be equipped with 2 heavy-duty cranes for self-loading from the Capesize vessels at anchorage, and a gravity feed self-unloading system for discharging the coal at the NS2PC jetty.

There will be about two Capesize deliveries per month and each vessel will have on board up to 2 grades of coal, the company explained.

Oldendorff said it plans to open an office in North Vietnam in order to perform the transhipment operations together with Vietnamese partners.

NS2PC started construction this year on 2 x 600 MW power generation units on the coast of Nghi Son Province in North Vietnam. Both units will be completed in 2021 and are expected to consume about 4 million tonnes of coal per year.

The coal will be mainly imported from five ports in Indonesia; Balikpapan anchorage, Samarinda anchorage, Adang Bay anchorage, Muara Jawa anchorage and Muara Berau anchorage, in Capesize bulkers.

In the meantime, the US-based container carrier Matson Navigation Company has resumed full cargo operations to all of its Hawaii terminals.

The move follows the Hawaii State Department of Transportation’s reopening of Big Island ports to commercial operations on August 24 and Oahu, Maui and Kauai ports the following day.

As informed, Matson continued to sail its vessel schedule between the West Coast and Hawaii as normal throughout preparations for Hurricane Lane in an effort to position cargo for distribution as soon as possible following the reopening of Hawaii ports.

On Saturday, the company implemented a service recovery plan that has five of its containerships carrying a combined 3,500 loaded containers scheduled for discharge at the Honolulu hub terminal between August 25 and 29.

The company also resumed service to Hawaii in the morning hours of August 25, when its barge Columbia arrived in Hilo at 7:00 a.m. with 117 containers onboard.

In addition, Matson’s barge Haleakala docked at Kahului at noon that day, carrying 87 loaded containers.

The company’s vessel Mahimahi returned to Honolulu at 11:00 am also on Saturday, two hours after the port reopened, to discharge the balance of its cargo, 615 containers, having already delivered 537 containers before the port closed on August 23.

Matson also dispatched its barge Waialeale from Honolulu to the port of Nawiliwili with 60 containers aboard which arrived on Sunday.

World Maritime News