Vinamac towers in Ho Chi Minh City
By Euan Youdale04 July 2008
Rental company Vinamac and building contractor Song Da Corporation, have each supplied two Potain tower cranes to work on the Saigon Pearl development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The MC 175 Bs are working with a range of jib lengths up to 60 m and hook heights up to 150 m. The Saigon Pearl project comprises eight 37 storey, 135 m tall residential buildings. There are two further office buildings and a 40,000 square metre retail and recreational facility. When completed in 2009, it will be the largest residential development in Vietnam.
"Potain has a strong history in this region but recent years have seen us take our presence to another level. We have a new, industry-leading factory in China and stronger support than ever before," said Noel Brennan, Potain sales director for Asia-Pacific. He added that the appearance of Potain cranes on this site reflected the success of Vietnam dealer Minh Chi Co.
Phase 1 of Saigon Pearl is almost complete and features the MC 175 B cranes from Vinamac. They are working for the site's main contractor Cofico, which itself is working in partnership with French contracting giant Bouygues. The joint venture is building Ruby Tower 1 and Ruby Tower 2.
Once these towers are complete, Cofico is expected to transfer the two cranes to Phase 3 of the project, which will include two office towers and a shopping mall. It is set to be completed in 2009.
The other two cranes are working for Song Da Corporation on Phase 2 of Saigon Pearl, which will complete this year. It comprises the Topaz Towers (3 & 4) and Sapphire Towers (5 & 6).