yachting magazine

seayachting

sea yachting magazine
boat magazine
yachting information sea yachting info luxury yacht photo and info sport boat speed boats sailing boats yacht sailling match games yacht designs boat designs Yacht Racing Game
Logo
Follow Easy_Branches on Twitter
Foursquare Easy Branches
Cruising Vietnam
Written by Administrator    PDF Print E-mail
Cruising Vietnam
Cruising Vietnam
Cruising Vietnam

Still well of the beaten track for visiting yachts, Vietnam remains a must see for the adventurous navigators and their guests. With highlights such as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the "Paris of the East"; tranquil Nha Trang, with its beautiful bays, islands and beaches; energetic Da Nang with Hoi An and Hue as impressive historical neighbouring villages; and Stunning Halong Bay, one of UNESCO's Heritage natural wonders of the world, there are more than enough reasons to explore this awakening dragon.

Besides Vietnam is a logical destination when cruising between Southeast and Northern Asia due to its strategic location, avoiding a detour in the South China Sea, locally referred to as the East Sea.

Still well of the beaten track for visiting yachts, Vietnam remains a must see for the adventurous navigators and their guests. With highlights such as Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the "Paris of the East"; tranquil Nha Trang, with its beautiful bays, islands and beaches; energetic Da Nang with Hoi An and Hue as impressive historical neighbouring villages; and Stunning Halong Bay, one of UNESCO's Heritage natural wonders of the world, there are more than enough reasons to explore this awakening dragon.

Besides Vietnam is a logical destination when cruising between Southeast and Northern Asia due to its strategic location, avoiding a detour in the South China Sea, locally referred to as the East Sea.

SAILING CENTER VIETNAM

Sailing Center Vietnam has been offering superyacht agency services in Vietnam since 2010 and is associated with Asia Yacht Services and Northrop & Johnson.

The company is managed by Dutchman Ruurd van Putten, a qualified yacht captain and Vietnamese shipping agent and broker. While pioneering in yacht sales and charter, a yacht agency became a natural additional activity and as such, over 25 smaller and superyachts have been cruising in Vietnam waters with Ruud's support. His knowledge of this undiscovered gem of a country with its rich history and unbeatable culture has allowed yachts to travel along the whole coastline and as a result of this, his services became well recommended. His role in the emerging pleasure marine industry has not gone unnoticed and government and developers often ask him for advice.

YACHT AGENCY

After witnessing a few yacht owners being bullied around by local agents and officials it seemed like a good idea for Ruud to offer proper agency services.

He studied the regulations and did the exam to become an official acknowledged Vietnamese shipping agent and since 2012 his company has assisted over 25 yachts cruising in Vietnam. By talking and listening to captains, owners and officials his company was able to improve and innovate the cruising opportunities step by step.

Expectation management is very important in these cases as the demands and requirements of yachts, owners and captains are often far apart from what local authorities can and are able to provide.

By being creative and pragmatic, Sailing Center Vietnam can fulfill most requests one way or the other. Besides each visiting yacht offers the opportunity to stretch the rules and explore the boundaries a little bit more and by having a good relationship with involved authorities the company has made significant progress in expanding the range of services, facilities and destinations.

LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS

Vietnam is strategically situated in the Asian cruising grounds and a logical destination for yachts that cruise between Southeast Asia and Northern Asia. Although distances between the sea ports and other countries are not small, there are several interesting destinations.

The Vietnamese government has recently put a lot of effort into the promoting tourism to compete with top tourist destinations such as Thailand and Malaysia in order to attract more tourists to Vietnam. Relaxed visa regulations and even exemptions are a major breakthrough, so is facilitating and encouraging charter flights directly to tourist spots such as Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Da Nang.

In addition, many airports have been upgraded and expanded to meet the growing demand of international flights. Parallel to these improvements is the rapid development of international standard hotels and resorts and as a result almost all well know international brands are present in the country. Another encouraging development is the increased number of arrivals of cruise ships. Among others, Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Holland-America Line call more often and with larger vessels in several Vietnamese Ports. Also the establishment of DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) promoting specific regions through the main foreign-managed players in the tourism branch has led to a further professional development of the tourist industry.

Travel websites such as TripAdvisor have contributed a lot to this development as well and recently several destinations in Vietnam have been listed as "must visit" or as destinations on the rise.

Cruising Vietnam

Port and Destination Information Vietnam

Halong City
Port Name: Quang Ninh Maritime Port; Hon Gai Anchorage Area
Anchorage Area: 20º 57' 00" N, 107º 30' 40" E — 20º 55' 70" N, 107º 30' 80" E
Pilot Boarding Area: 20º 43' 30" N, 107º 10' 05" E

Remarks:
Tender quay for (un)boarding of passengers is along Ha Long Street approximately 2 Nm from anchorage.

Length of Access Channel: 36 km, consisting of 2 sections: · From Buoy 0 to Hon Mot islet: 22,5 km, channel depth: 13m-20m · From Hon Mot to Cai Lan Port: 10,5 km, channel depth: -10m Tidal regime: Diurnal, average tidal range 3,2m. Maximum size of vessel accepted: 75.000 DWT

The immigration authorities in Halong demand that yachts acquire security services from the department. In practice this means that either an immigration officer will stay on board or a patrol boat will be anchored close to the yacht.

It is not allowed to cruise through Halong Bay with the yacht itself, except for the arrival and departure with a pilot on board. In the event the owner and/or guests want to make a cruise through the area, a local boat needs to be chartered.

DANANG
Port Name: Da Nang Port; Tien Sa Terminal
Port Coordinates: 16º 07' 02" N, 108º 12' 08" E
Pilot Boarding Area: 16º 10' 00" N, 108º 11' 00" E

Remarks:
Approach channel from pilot station to Tien Sa Terminal: 8 Nautical miles, channel depth 10-17m.
Tidal regime: semi-diurnal, average tidal range: 0.9 m.
Max.draft: -12m. Maximum size of vessel accepted: 45,000 DWT
Fuel supply available by truck.

NHA TRANG
Port Name: Nha Trang Port
Port Coordinates: 12° 12' 12" N, 109°13' 00" E
Pilot Boarding Area: 12° 14' 05" N, 109° 18' 07" E

Remarks:

Length Access Channel: 5 km. Channel depth: 11.1m.
Tidal regime: diurnal, average tidal range: 1.4 m.
Maximum draft: -11.8 m
Maximum size of vessel accepted: 20,000 DWT cargo vessel, 240m long passenger vessel
Vessel will be anchored either near Hon Tre or just North of Nha Trang port.

HO CHI MINH CITY
Port Name: Nha Rong Khanh Hoi Port
Port Coordinates: 10° 46' 04" N, 106° 42' 28" E
Pilot Boarding Area: 10° 20' 00" N, 107° 03' 00" E

Remarks:
Length of Access Channel to HCMC: app. 85 km. Depth: 8.5 m. Draft: 10.5m.
Tidal regime: irregular semi-diurnal, average tidal range: 2.7 m.
Nha Rong Khanh Hoi Port is situated just in front of Ho Chi Minh City's central District 1.

CRUISING RULES

The current rules and regulations in Vietnam for cruising and arrival of foreign vessels are still somewhat outdated and unsophisticated. In principle every foreign vessel, regardless its type or purpose, is treated the same and as such a visiting yacht is considered the same as a small cruise ship.

Vietnam has only recognized and described rules for pleasure yachts since 2014 and many port officials are still unfamiliar with vessels that have a pleasure or private yacht registration.

Confusion about endorsement and the competence of crew, the difference between passengers and owners (or guests), the absence of load line and/or tonnage documents, IOPP certificates, etc., leave these officers with many boxes they can't tick and that makes them nervous as they may be held responsible for incomplete procedures.

Due to the bureaucratic procedures and organization in the ports the approval by one officer can conflict with that of another as often they are not aware of each other's needs.

Hence, in order to protect their position or status they can be hesitant to process a clearance that is different than usual, especially as there is still a lack of specific guidelines.

Also, as every province has its own semi-independent policies and departments, the regulations can differ from place to place and it depends on the awareness and leadership how receptive the authorities are.

Nevertheless, we see an improvement in the way foreign yachts are treated and by having successfully managed several voyages, the involved authorities are becoming more understanding and flexible.

As such a dialogue is evolving between yacht agents, authorities and lawmaking institutes that should further improve the situation.

.
KIND OF YACHTS

Apart from a few actual charters, most foreign yachts that call in Vietnam are either cruising with their owners who are exploring new destinations, or are yachts on delivery trips. Other calls have been related to promotional events.

For crew on deliveries, Vietnam is an easy and friendly country to stretch the legs. Its strategic location between Hong Kong and Singapore and the opportunity to get fuel, water and fresh provisions provides a convenient break and avoids a detour in the South China Sea.

In the last two years Ruud's company has also facilitated handovers and trials for locally manufactured yachts that are exported to owners abroad who preferred to sail their new yachts to their home countries instead of having them shipped.

For this Ruud arranged a temporary cruising period to get familiar with the yacht and get provisioned for their voyage to other destinations. Frankly, almost each call turns out to be a customized event, which helps us to generate more understanding and support from the authorities to expand the options and opportunities for other yachts.

Cruising Vietnam ON THE HORIZON

There is a definite growth in this industry. Due to the developing economy and favorable trade agreements, more foreign yacht manufacturers like Seawind Catamarans and Corsair Marine are opening up in Vietnam. Brands like Sunseeker and Azimut are now present; the charter business is also growing due to increasing arrivals of tourists and overall the industry is expanding and the level of professionalism is increasing rapidly.

With a few marinas under design and construction, the expectation is that yachting will soon become a significant part of the economy. More yachts are needed to show local investors and authorities the potential and opportunities of this industry. Vietnam is one of the few remaining countries where that are undiscovered and there is no more reason not to come.

For more information contact:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.NorthropandJohnson.com
Finsten honored with CMM accreditation Cruising VietnamOcean Marina Yacht Club is proud to announce that its Harbour Master, Scott Finsten, has been honoured with the designation of Certified Marina Manager (CMM), the first in Thailand to receive such award. Scott received the designation from the Association of Marine Industries and Global Marina Institute (GMI), at the recent Asia Boating Forum, which took place in Singapore at the One Degree 15 Marina.

The globally recognized Certified Marina Manager (CMM) from the GMI is an international accreditation as a marina manager who has distinguished themself as an outstanding professional.

"I am truly honoured to be amongst a group of CMMs that represent the elite in the marina and recreational boating industry. They value true personal and professional excellence and strive to maintain the highest levels of ethical and moral conduct in their commitment to the marina industry," says Scott Finsten. "CMMs are marina professionals who have completed an extensive training and certification process through the globally recognized International Marina Institute (IMI) and embrace the continuance of education and training for themselves and those who work within the marina industry," he added.

Scott Finsten joined Ocean Marina in 2010 and has spent the last 6 years expanding the 200 berth marina to a current capacity of nearly 400 berths making Ocean Marina the biggest marina in South East Asia. The improvements have also included a new 75 Ton Marine Travelift, dredging and upgrade of the electrical supply to the marina. GMI was formed in 2011 as a partnership between British Marine Federation (BMF) and Marina Industries Association (MIA). Through its partners it delivers global marina training and certification with the aim of maintaining and increasing standards in marinas across the world. GMI offer a number of pathways for certification which are designed to recognize outstanding professionals in the Marina industry. All of the certification pathways are awarded after a rigorous process where candidates are asked to demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen field. The GMI certifications are recognized across the world and increasingly in the developing Marina world as a sign that staff have reached a consistently high standard.
www.oceanmarinayachtclub.com