The Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) has risen from a proverbial shipwreck after an active restructuring and is now ready to sail, stated Chairman of the firm’s member council Nguyen Ngoc Su
So far, the reform process of the SBIC – formerly known as Vinashin – is on the right track, having restructured 135 million USD of foreign debt and 16.61 trillion VND (790.95 million USD) of domestic debt, he said.
Su revealed that during this year, the SBIC plans to restructure its remaining debt of about 10 trillion VND (470 million USD).
Currently, the firm has 16,500 employees, a sharp decrease from 33,184 in 2010, said Su, adding that in 2014 alone, the SBIC laid off more than 4,000 staff.
As of the outset of this year, the SBIC has completed the reform of 100 subsidiaries and is striving to reshuffle 152 others, he declared. According to the restructuring plan for Vinashin, the corporation will ultimately have one parent company and eight subsidiaries.
Last year, the SBIC equitised two out of the eight member companies and the remaining six are to complete the process this year.
He noted that foreign investors have become increasingly interested in shipbuilding companies, opening up opportunities for these companies to collaborate with foreign partners in finance, technology and market share.
Vu Anh Minh, Head of the Transport Ministry’s Department for Enterprise Management, said collaborating with foreign partners is a strong solution for the SBIC, as fruitful outcomes have resulted from cooperation between the firm’s subsidiaries and a number of partners, including Samsung, Damen and Veka.
In 2015, the SBIC is set to generate total revenue of over 7.2 trillion VND (343.8 million USD), including over 4.72 trillion VND from shipbuilding and 375 billion VND from repair services.
Last year, the SBIC delivered 76 ships, including 33 to foreign clients.-VNA