A coal imports trans-shipment hub centred on a floating platform is being established in Vietnamese waters by three partners.
They will position a Floating Transfer Platform (FTP) in south Vietnam capable of discharging and loading all bulk carriers up to and including 210,000 dwt Newcastlemax ships.
The partners, Vietnam’s coal importer Welhunt, the bulk carrier shipping firm Oldendorff Carriers GmbH, of Lubeck, and the Vietnam-based logistics provider Haivan, said that this “will be the first and only multi-user facility in Vietnam.”
With a discharge rate of up to 25,000 tonnes a day, the FTP has two cranes, hoppers and conveyor belts and will be able to tranship the coal from large ocean going ships into shallow draft barges. By using the largest vessels, the coal can be sourced and transported from any port around the world.
The barges will deliver the coal directly to jetties across Vietnam and potentially other nearby markets in an environmentally friendly manner, said Oldendorff.