Soren S. Pedersen
Vice President, SSA Marine, Seattle USA
I’m a Danish national and have worked in Asia for more than 25 years. I’m today heading up SSA Marine’s regional activities. SSA is an international port operator headquartered in Seattle USA. The company is active in more than 250 locations across 5 continents. SSA’s activities span cruise, bulk and container handling. We employ about 17,000 staff globally.
Here in Vietnam, SSA owns and operates two seaport joint ventures employing about 400 staff. The companies represent investments of around USD 400 million. Our port facilities in Cai Lan (Ha Long) and Cai Mep (Vung Tau) are equipped with the most modern and technically advanced cargo handling machinery available. Both terminals are deep water facilities capable of accommodating the largest cargo and passenger ships.
SSA’s cruise terminals serve 6.6 million passengers annually.
Maritime transport is essential to the world’s economy as over 90 % of the world’s trade is carried by sea (*). Ships need effective port facilities to load and off load cargoes. SSA Marine is among the world’s largest privately held port operators.
Vision for AmCham
Vietnam’s logistics costs currently account for more than 20 % of GDP, double that of developed economies and much higher than the global average of 14 % (+). Marine port facilities provide a connecting point between multimodal domestic transportation and long-haul shipping.
I believe that AmCham has a role to play addressing Vietnam’s high logistics costs. If elected, I will endeavor to enhance the advocacy agenda through a dialogue with government agencies and relevant industry stakeholders. Our aim should be to unlock efficiencies in the logistics chain through a streamlining of processes. Vietnam has already made considerable investments in transportation infrastructure. Let us find ways to try and use these resources better. This will in turn stimulate trade growth between Vietnam and her trading partners, notably the USA.
* International Chamber of Shipping, London
+ Vietnam Logistics Business Association