News from Dutch Embassy in Vietnam: Maritime companies explore business in Haiphong and Hanoi



On 23 and 24 March 17 maritime companies visited Haiphong and Hanoi to explore business opportunities. Following a successful maritime trade fair INMEX in Ho Chi Minh City, this mission was organised by the Embassy, the Consulate General and branch organisation Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT).


Visiting four shipyards


Several offshore companies of the Dutch oil and gas consortium for Vietnam, AETIN joined in the mission. The program included visits to four shipyards, including the Damen Song Cam Shipyard, where the delegation attended the launch of a Damen tug boat and joined a guided tour around the shipyard by Mr Pim Schuurman, Managing Director of Damen Holding Vietnam, and Mr Chris Groninger, Managing Director of Damen Song Cam. Other shipyards which the group visited during the programme included SBIC’s Pha Rung and Nam Trieu and LILAMA’s Lisemco shipyards. Finally, the group was invited at Dutch maritime equipment supplier Winel, at its recently opened large factory in Haiphong, which is used to expand production capacity in Vietnam.


Longstanding friendship Haiphong and the Netherlands


Vice-Chairman of Haiphong’s People’s Committee, Mr Dan Duc Hiep, informed the delegates about developments in Haiphong. The city will continue to expand its infrastructure, including the construction of a highway between Hanoi and Haiphong (to be finished early 2016) and an upgrade of its airport. Head of the mission delegation, Consul General Simon van der Burg, thanked the city of Haiphong for its excellent support to Dutch entrepreneurs. In celebration of the longstanding friendship between Haiphong and the Netherlands, a Haiphong chapter of the Netherlands-Vietnam Friendship Association was established.


A new maritime industrial zone


In Hanoi the mission met with Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) Chairman Mr Nguyen Ngoc Su, who presented the company’s plans for the near future. SBIC’s Song Cam has been requested to work with the Haiphong People’s Committee and Dutch companies on the development of a maritime industrial zone next to the Damen Song Cam shipyards. At PetroVietnam, Vice President Mr Nguyen Hung Dung, informed the delegation about the maritime and offshore activities of the company and connected the entrepreneurs to several PetroVietnam subsidiaries to discuss business opportunities.

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