In 2017 Royal HaskoningDHV was commissioned to redesign the marine works of the Container Terminal to be developed in Baria-Vung Tau. The project originally started in 2010 but was stopped in January 2012 due to the economic crisis. Our main challenge of this restarted project was to redesign the marine works for a larger vessel size and provide cost savings in comparison to the existing design prepared by the EPC Contractor in 2010, all within a relatively short design period. We were required to make use of 259 existing piles at the jetty area which had already been installed before the project was stopped in 2012.

Following the design we were contracted in 2019 for the construction management services and the supervision of the marine and onshore works. The marine construction works were awarded to one of the most experienced local marine contractors in Vietnam. Our objective was to manage the contractor and the project risks to prevent budget and schedule slips and ensure the required quality and HSE requirements were met. Adhering to safety requirements was one of our main goals, and it was also one of the main reasons the client awarded us the supervision. 


The completed detailed engineering design of the civil marine works provided the client with a jetty fit for the future while reducing the cost of civil marine works by approximately 10%. Using our technical expertise in combination with the latest technologies we were able to simplify the overall design and maximise the use of precast concrete elements throughout construction.

We were in close communication with the contractor at all times and we specifically assisted in setting up and organising the best way to produce all prefabricated elements for construction. Doing so at such an early stage benefited the project as the production of these elements ran extremely smoothly. Good understanding of the scope of works and proper collaboration between all the parties involved ensured the success of this project, which was delivered within budget and on time to start operations. On top of that, the project enhanced the HSSE competence of the local workers. 

Enhancing the society together 

Bas van de Vijver, Sr. Project Manager and Director of Projects at Royal HaskoningDHV: “This project and how it came about made a difference for the local society. A significant number of new jobs were created during construction, and during operations Gemalink has hired many new staff for terminal operations. In addition, we supported the Vietnamese contractor to improve his ways of working throughout construction. This has improved their HSSE knowledge and execution of the works to also benefit their future projects in the local market. Now that the Gemalink International Container Terminal is ready for the future it ensures that the local and international economy can be enhanced due to the increased container transhipments via Vietnam and the rest of the world.”

Our submission to the competition was fully endorsed by GemaLink. “For more than 10 years, Royal HaskoningDHV has proven to be a reliable technical partner by our side, consistently bringing value at each step of the development process in the most professional manner. The experts involved have demonstrated that Royal HaskoningDHV has the necessary knowledge, experience and personal qualities essential to solve complex problems and meets the required deadlines by working in a team.” said Henri Archambeaud, Project and Engineering Manager of CMA Terminals. 

About the competition   

Engineering New Record (ENR) is an American weekly magazine that is considered the most authoritative publication in the field of construction. ENR’s Global Best Projects identifies and honours annually the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts all over the world. The jury looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry. The award sets itself apart from other competitions, because the projects are weighted by how globally diverse the participating teams are and at least one firm involved in the project must be working outside of its home country.