Bunkering Services for International Cruise Lines in Viet Nam 2020

Bunkering Services for International Cruise Lines in Viet Nam 2020

Date: 01/31/2020

The Asian cruise market has grown rapidly in recent years. Viet Nam , with it’s decades of  history, rich culture, fine cuisine, beautiful natural scenic landscapes and pristine beach, providing a huge opportunity for Vietnam to take advantage of international cruise tourism industry. In 2019, Vietnam has welcome more than 31,000 foreign visitors who arrives by cruise which higher than the year of 2018 and became the fourth of cruise busiest number of port calls in Asia (after Japan, China and Thailand).

Vietnam Cruise Tourism

A few years ago, Viet Nam has developed deep-water sea port system (50k-200k GRT) that enable big cruise ship to berth. Among the big ports is in Ha Long port in Quang Ninh, Chan May port in Hue, Tien Sa port in Da Nang and Nha Trang port in Khanh Hoa.

Infrastructure for sea ports remains a main concern  of Viet Nam’s cruise tourism. Other than in Ha Long International Cruise Port, cruises still have to berth at ports designed for cargo and container vessels especially ports in the South of Viet Nam. Viet Nam currently still relies on cargo terminals to provide cruise berth like Ho Chi Minh and Vung Tau ports. Finding the suitable positions for dedicated berths is not always easy due to tight berth slots to be share with commercial shipping needs. Moreover, many ports prefer to take in cargo vessels because the charges much higher than passenger ships.

In May 2019, US cruise lines Royal Caribbean has started to get a construction permit from Viet Nam Government to build an International Cruise Port in Vung Tau from 2020. We all hope this potential project could be approved soon in the future. As it will open a bigger opportunity for Viet Nam Cruise Tourism upcoming developing years.

The economy benefits from cruise ships may not outweigh cargo vessels, but the number of cruise tourist can bring in higher income, and improve the living standard of the locals and help to promote the image of the country and its people.

Bunkering is a major replenishment service for cruise line in Viet Nam

In term of length of stay, cruise ships tend to spend from 12 hours to 48 hours at port and also have at least two ports of call in one country. The demand of bunkering at Viet Nam ports increases in tandem with the frequency of port calls in Viet Nam. Cruise lines often take bunker at Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phu My. 


Credit photo: Ha Long International Cruise Port page

As the port stays are only within  a short notice and strict international standard requirements, it causes some difficulties for local bunker operations in the previously. As of now, such bunker services have improvement and more well-known cruise lines choose Viet Nam is a good place for bunkering via selective local partner like us.

Synergy Asia Bunkering, represented locally in HCMC, is well experienced to ensure the professional delivery bunker services to our shipowners. During the current cruise 2019-2020 season, we have successfully completed supplies for cruises calling Vietnam.

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Synergy Asia Bunkering supplying bunker for one of international cruise line in Viet Nam port

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Synergy Asia Bunkering supplying bunker for one of international cruise line in Viet Nam port

Note of credit contents:, Ha Long International Cruise Port page,