Vietnam’s Chu Lai Port welcomes new STS and RTG cranes

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Chu Lai port bolsters operational capacity with new cranes from Doosan Vina and THACO Industries.

Vietnam’s Chu Lai International Port has taken delivery of two STS and three RTG cranes. The cranes were manufactured by Doosan Vina in cooperation with Vietnam’s Truong Hai Group Corporation Industries (THACO). The order is reported to be worth US$15.7m (VND 400 billion).

The handover ceremony was held on May 16 at Chu Lai port, operated by the Truong Hai International Logistics LLC (THILOGI). According to local reports the cranes were manufactured at a local facility and not at Doosan Vina’s factory in Quang Ngai.

THACO told WorldCargo News that the company has cooperated with Doosan on the design, manufacturing, assembly, and personnel training for the new STS cranes.

The STS cranes feature a 40-tonne SWL, 40m outreach and a 16m backreach. They are intended for the port’s terminal No.2.

According to the THACO, the new cranes, together with the existing Liebherr fixed pedestal cranes, are poised to increase berth productivity to 100 containers per hour, an increase of 60 containers compared to previous operations.

Handover ceremony @THACO

The RTGs were manufactured by THACO Industries Group. They are electrically powered, with a capacity of 40t, span 6+1 rows wide and stack one-over-five high. The cranes feature a DGPS system for auto-steering and container position detection.

The entire system, including a comprehensive surveillance camera network and a synchronized data connection to the computer system, is nearing completion and is expected to be fully
operational soon.

“This marks our first successful with THILOGI and Chu Lai Port. THILOGI’s support, particularly in maritime equipment transportation, ensured the project’s on-time completion and handover. Following the FAC (final acceptance certificate) stage, we have provided comprehensive operational training to Chu Lai Port personnel,” Kim Hyo Tae, Doosan Vina’s CEO said.

“These 100% Vietnamese-made STS cranes are perfectly suited for the port’s infrastructure, significantly boosting cargo handling efficiency and supporting the region’s growing trade needs.”

RTG cranes @THACO

On the same day, SITC’s containership SITC Hengde called at the port and utilized the STS cranes. Nearly 600 containers of raw materials and industrial products were processed in under six hours, THACO said.

THILOGI is also investing in a fleet of specialised semi-trailers to support the operation. The company is completing finishing touches on a new terminal, capable of handling 50,000 dwt vessels, which is scheduled to begin operations in early June 2024. Chu Lai Port has dredged its berths to a depth of 9.5m, and offers a 260m wide turning basin.

Throughout 2024, the port invested in a fleet of tractors and 4,000HP tugboats. The port is implementing a suite of ePort software solutions, including electronic customs clearance, payment processing, and PL-TOS cargo management systems to streamline transactions and provide real-time ship and cargo data.

Opened in 2012, Chu Lai Port has since grown into a major logistics hub serving the central and Central Highlands regions, spurred by expanding industrial and economic activities in its vicinity.

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