CruiseCruise ship business in Vietnam boosted by new terminal

Global Ports Holdings to manage Ha Long International Cruise Port

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Global Ports Holdings to manage Ha Long International Cruise Port

HA LONG Bay, Vietnam - Global Ports Holding (GPH), which manages 18 cruise ports around the world, has  signed a 15-year management service agreement with Ha Long Sun Limited Liability Company for the Ha Long International Cruise Port located in Vietnam.

I am delighted that GPH has signed a management service agreement for the Ha Long International Cruise Port. This agreement marks a truly historic moment for Global Ports Holding and marks an important inflection point in our growth aspirations in Asia.– Global Ports Holding, CEO, Emre Sayin

The US$44 million operation is the first purpose-built cruise port in Vietnam and is capable of handling the world's largest cruise ships.

Ha Long International Cruise Port in Vietnam has enjoyed a successful year and expects 2020 to be even busier as cruise ships drop off their passengers to explore World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay.

More than 50 cruise ships have called at the pier since it opened in April 2019, delivering 85,000 passengers. Port authorities expect this number will increase to 65 voyages and 110,000 passengers in 2020.

Cruise ships calling at the pier  in 2019 included Celebrity Millennium; Maasdam; World Dream; Seabourn Ovation; Nautica; Silver Shadow; Seven Seas Mariner; Norwegian Jewel; Mein Schiff 3; Norwegian Jewel; Columbus; AVIVA; Viking Orion and Voyager of the Seas.

The new port terminal has been designed by luxury hotel and resort architect Bill Bensley.

“Our pier in located beside Ha Long Bay so it’s very easy and safe for passengers from cruise ships to visit the site by local boat,” said Bui Quang Tuan, port operations manager.

Situated within the Sun World Halong Complex, a 226-hectare entertainment and recreation complex, the port is well located to become a leading transit port in Asia.

Ha Long port is less than 200km from three international airports and with Ha Long Bay’s modern hotel infrastructure, cruise lines are likely to explore  its potential as a home port for the region.

Global Ports Holding CEO Emre Sayin said, ‘I am delighted that GPH has signed a management service agreement for the Ha Long International Cruise Port. This agreement marks a truly historic moment for Global Ports Holding and marks an important inflection point in our growth aspirations in Asia.

“The GPH team very much looks forward to working with our partner, the cruise lines and the people of the Quang Ninh Province to turn this iconic location into a leading cruise port in the region.”

Global Ports Holding holds a stake in SATS Creuers, which is the terminal operator for Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore.

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