Freight rates soared in favour of VIMC last year, lifting the shipping giant out of indebtedness. VIMC finished the year with earnings of $165 million. Photo vnexpress.net
HÀ NỘI— Việt Nam Maritime Corporation (VIMC) had great performance in 2021, earning around VNĐ3.75 trillion (US$165 million), according to Nguyễn Cảnh Tĩnh, general director of the shipping giant.
By the end of 2021, VIMC’s revenues hit over VNĐ19.6 trillion ($862.5 million), up 24 per cent year-on-year and 29 per cent higher than the target.
Notably, its earnings took a steep turn for the better, soaring from a loss of VNĐ145.3 billion ($6.4 million) in 2020 to a profit of trillions.
Tĩnh said the disruption of global supply chains due to COVID-19 had been pushing freight rates up significantly. VIMC has switched from domestic to international transportation in order to turn the rising freight rates to its advantage and succeeded.
“Profits did not come out of thin air but due to our anticipation of rising freight rates since early 2021. We have re-arranged all our shipping routes and had our freighters engaging in international transportation in order to take advantage of the situation," Tĩnh explained.
Seaport exploitation continued to be VIMC’s most profitable operation, contributing a lion’s share of 78 per cent to total consolidated profit.
Sài Gòn Port, Quy Nhơn Port and Hải Phòng Port were among seaports that did well last year, Tĩnh added.
The general director also revealed that freight rates were quite low previously owing to a decade of depression.
It was the ongoing pandemic that has lifted transport costs up worldwide, especially on long routes. In 2022, freight rates are expected to rise at a slower pace but unlikely to drop to pre-pandemic levels.
By late 2021, VIMC has topped VNĐ36.6 trillion in market cap, with around 12,447 employees on its payroll. — VNS