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2023 is off to a promising start as Saigon New Port prepares to welcome international cruise ships again after the Covid-19 pandemic


2023 is off to a promising start as Saigon New Port prepares to welcome international cruise ships again after the Covid-19 pandemic

Following a long period of stagnation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several countries have gradually removed their isolation policies, creating favorable conditions for the import and export of goods, and Vietnam's tourism industry had many signals for the gradual recovery and development of the international cruise segment. Therefore, in the early days of 2023, SNP welcomed international cruise ships to the ports in our system.


Silver Spirit is a 6-star international cruise ship with Bahamas nationality and dimensions of LOA 210.7m, Breadth extreme 26.5m, Draft 6.4m, with a passenger capacity of 600. The first journey following the COVID-19 pandemic, however, included just 326 passengers and 409 crew members and arrived at Tan Cang-Hiep Phuoc Terminal (HCMC) at midday on January 11, 2023. This is the 14th day of a 16-day tour.
The ship is in charge of carrying out a tour of Southeast Asian nations operated by Saigon Tourist Travel, with the following route: Singapore - Laem Chapang - Hochiminh - Danang - Hong Kong - Halong Bay including sightseeing and travel services, hotels, and entertainment.
Representatives of TCHP and Saigon Tourist and Silver Spirit’s crew


The Mein Schiff 5 has Maltese nationality, was built in 2016 and is owned by TUI Cruises, with a length of 295.3m, a width of 35.8m, a total tonnage of 98,785 GT, a capacity of more than 2,500 passengers, and 1,200 crew members. On February 9, 2023, the ship arrived at TCCT (Phu My town, Ba Ria - Vung Tau province) with 900 crew members and 2,200 visitors (most of them are German residents) on the 9th day of the 15-day cruise.

TCCT welcomed the cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 on February 9, 2023

With a voyage around Southeast Asia: Singapore-Port Klang (Malaysia)-Langkawi (Malaysia)-Penang (Malaysia)-Phu My/Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)-Koh Samui (Thailand)-Laem Chabang (Thailand)-Singapore; Mein Schiff 5 only docked at TCCT (Vietnam) for one day for self-sufficient tourists until 19 pm on the same day to continue the next journey to Thailand.
Đại diện TCT Tân Cảng Sài Gòn, cảng TCCT và đại lý VOSA Saigon chụp hình lưu niệm cùng đoàn thủy thủ trên tàu Mein Schiff 5Representatives of Saigon Newport Corporation, TCCT, VOSA Saigon Agent and Mein Schiff 5 crew members

In addition to container vessels and bulk carriers, ports in the Saigon Newport ecosystem: Tan Cang - Hiep Phuoc Terminal (in HCMC), Tan Cang Cai Mep port cluster (TCIT, TCTT, TCCT), and Cam Ranh International Port (operated by Tan Cang Petro Cam Ranh Co., Ltd.) could receive cruise ships and provide services such as pilot services, tugboats, wharf reception service, boat cleaning service, shuttle buses….

The continuous arrival of international cruise ships at ports in the Saigon Newport system in the early days of the new year 2023 is a sign of prosperity not only for Vietnam's tourism industry but also for creating opportunities for SNP's ports in particular to develop the potential to receive recovering cruise ships. It also demonstrates the appeal and significance of the SNP port system on the map of primary seaports in Vietnam. As a consequence, our ports such as TCHP, TCCT will be able to diversify their business and services and continue to develop their markets in the future.

(*Source: SNP)