19 Juni 2017

[190617.EN.BIZ] Indonesia's Patimban Port Looks Set To Commence Operations by 2019

THE final preparations are being made to begin construction of the Indonesia-Japan Patimban deep seaport, putting the port in West Java on track to commence operations by 2019.

"We can at least partially open the port in the first quarter of 2019. So everything is proceeding. Before the end of March, at least part of it should be opened," local media cited Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii as saying.

The new port will have a capacity of 1.5 million TEU when it begins operations in 2019 and reach a full capacity of 7.5 million TEU by 2027, half the capacity of Indonesia's busiest port, Jakarta's Tanjung Priok, and helping to ease congestion there, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.

Meanwhile efforts are underway to strengthen logistics facilities in the outlying regions in Indonesia.

Logistics firm Cipta Krida Bahari has just begun operations at its fourth bonded zone in Sorong, Papua, built on a 3,700 square metre plot of land. The facility is the first to be built in the eastern part of Indonesia, and is expected to help boost efficiency in the transport infrastructure in the region.

"The operation of the bonded zone in Sorong will create efficiency and make the economy in the region grow faster," Cipta Krida's president director Iman Sjafei was quoted as saying.

Source : HKSG.

[190617.ID.BIZ] Gudang Garam Akan Ikut Bangun Bandara di Kediri?

KEDIRI. Kabar pembangunan bandara di Kediri, Jawa Timur, mencuat belakangan ini. Proyek disebut tidak melibatkan anggaran pemerintah tetapi oleh swasta yakni perusahaan rokok PT Gudang Garam Tbk.

Perusahaan rokok yang bermarkas di Kediri itu sendiri memilih bungkam atas kabar yang ada. Direksi menyebut saat ini bukan waktu yang tepat membahas soal pembangunan bandara bagi moda transportasi udara itu.

"Jawaban tentang bandara ini hanya akan kami rilis pada waktunya. Jadi saat ini no comment," ujar salah satu Direktur PT Gudang Garam Tbk. Istata Taswin Siddharta seusai Rapat Umum Pemegang Saham di Hotel Grand Surya Kediri, Jawa Timur, Sabtu (17/6).
                
Dikonfirmasi terpisah, Bupati Kediri Haryanti Sutrisno memastikan adanya proses pembangunan bandara di wilayahnya. Hanya saja dia enggan menyebut pasti lokasinya.

"Ini (lokasinya) rahasia," ujar Haryanti, Sabtu (17/6).

Bupati yang juga istri dari mantan Bupati Sutrisno ini berdalih pengumuman lokasi bandara terlalu dini sehingga khawatir harga tanah akan melonjak tajam.

Hal itu sebut dia, akan menyulitkan realisasi proyek.

"(harga) tanah naik tidak terbeli, bisa gagal (pembangunan bandara)," kata Bupati yang sudah menjabat dua kali periode ini.

Kabar pembangunan bandara ini sudah merebak luas.  Sebelumnya Kemenhub menyatakan, pembangunannya diperlukan untuk menjangkau wilayah Jawa selatan dan saat ini masih tahap studi.

Sumber : Kontan, 19.06.17.

18 Juni 2017

[180617.EN.BIZ] US Farmers Unhappy Mega Alliances Do Little to Fix Problems

US AGRICULTURAL exporters have expressed dissatisfaction that mega shipping alliances do little to end service reductions or reduce their costs, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

Speaking at the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AGTC) Annual Meeting in California, farmers said they were worried that new ocean carrier alliances may be hurting service and costing shipper's money.

Panellists included Elena Asher, Dairy Farmers of America (powdered milk and cheese); Justin Cauley, CHS (grain and soybean); Blanca Palomino, Carriere Family Farms (walnuts); Greg Jackson, Border Valley Trading (hay/forage) and Allison Baker, JBS (beef, pork, poultry and hides).

Panellists said consistency of ocean carrier service remains a problem and some blamed the consolidation of carriers into larger vessel alliances.

They complained that definitions of "free time" allowances before demurrage charges are assessed by ocean carriers and fluctuates from port to port.

Some said export containers arrive at final Asian destinations late, because the ocean carrier was late and missed the sailing time of the Asian transloading vessel transporting the container to its final destination.

Others said carrier alliances undermined carrier accountability, adding confusion when an exporter books a container with one carrier, but discovers the container sailed on another carrier's vessel belonging to the same carrier alliance, resulting in late deliveries.

Some complained of a lack of container availability. Import containers pay a higher freight rate and so ocean carriers are more apt to provide containers to importers than to exporters who pay lower freight rates.

One panellist complained that a carrier announced a cancellation of delivering containers at the last minute contributing to dislocations.

Source : HKSG.

[180617.ID.BIZ] Morowali Jadi Sasaran Pabrikan Baja China

JAKARTA. Kawasan Industri Morowali, Sulawesi Tengah mulai banyak dirilik perusahaan-perusahaan asing untuk pengembangan produksi baja. Salah satunya yang terbaru, perusahaan asal China bernama Delong Holding Company.

Dirjen Industri Logam, Mesin, Alat Transportasi, dan Elektronika (ILMATE) Kementerian Perindustrian, I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan mengatakan, Delong dikenal sebagai perusahaan smelter bahan baku baja dan manufaktur produk baja. Rencananya, perusahaan asal negeri tirai bambu tersebut bakal memproduksi carbon steel, bahan baku stainless steel.

"Mereka baru saja tanda tangan dan berencana bangun pabrik dengan kapasitas produksi sekitar 3 juta ton per tahun," ujar Wiryawan, Jumat (16/6).

Nilai investasi lini produksi carbon steel tersebut berkisar US$ 950 juta. Pendanaan lewat joint venture dengan perusahaan lokal masih belum bisa dipastikan. Namun yang jelas, sebagian besar dana diperoleh dari Penanaman Modal Asing (PMA).

Untuk memperoleh bahan baku, pabrikan China tersebut akan memakai sisa stainless steel lokal dan impor beberapa material dari Australia. Harapannya dengan adanya pabrik baja baru ini dapat meningkatkan efisiensi pembangunan infrastruktur di timur Indonesia.

Kawasan Morowali tercatat dikelola oleh PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP). Perusahaan hasil merger Shanghai Decent Invesment dan Bintangdelapan Grup tersebut mengelola kawasan seluas 2.000 hektare (ha). Sampai kuartal pertama tahun ini kawasan tersebut telah menyerap investasi senilai US$ 2,6 miliar.

Sepanjang kuartal I pula kawasan tersebut memproduksi feronikel sebanyak 11 juta ton dengan pendapatan US$ 1,22 miliar. Kabarnya pula, perusahaan itu berencana membangun PLTU kapasitas 2x350 Mega Watt (MW) dengan dana investasi US$ 650 juta.

Sumber : Kontan, 16.06.17.

17 Juni 2017

[170617.EN.BIZ] Old Price-fixing Air NZ, Garuda Appeals Quashed by Australian High Court

AUSTRALIA's High Court has dismissed appeals by Air New Zealand and PT Garuda Indonesia over a 2016 ruling that agreed surcharges on cargo breached that nation's price fixing laws, reports financial news portal Sharechat.co.nz.

The two are the only airlines of 15 that haven't settled with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission since the Australian regulator began proceedings for price fixing on air cargo at ports outside of Australia destined for that nation.

Total fines of A$98.5 million (US$74.2 million) were imposed by the courts against the 13 airlines that settled, with the largest, A$20 million, imposed on Qantas Airways.

The original court action, brought by the ACCC, was dismissed in 2014 in a ruling that found the behaviour didn't occur in a "market in Australia" as was required by the Trade Practices Act 1974 that was in force at the time. The ACCC appealed that ruling to the full Federal Court, which took the regulator's side in 2016.

The High Court held that all aspects of the market, including customers in Australia, in considering whether a market is "in Australia", said the court. The Federal Court will rule on relief and award penalties.

"How a market is defined, including considerations of whether conduct occurs in Australia, are critical issues to the understanding and interpretation of Australian competition law," ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

"Today's judgment sends a clear message that the ACCC is committed to pursuing cartel conduct that impacts on Australian business and consumers," she said.

In New Zealand, the Commerce Commission reached settlements with 11 carriers, including Air New Zealand, securing penalties totalling $45 million, or about 10 per cent of the revenue generated from air freight forwarding services in and out of New Zealand in 2006.

Source : HKSG.

[170617.ID.BIZ] Ini Strategi APOL Genjot Kinerja Tahun Ini

JAKARTA. PT Arpeni Pratama Ocean Line Tbk (APOL) optimistis masih bisa mencetak pertumbuhan tahun ini seiring dengan berbagai strategi yang disiapkan perusahaan pelayaran ini. APOL optimistis bisa mencetak kinerja positif setelah tahun sebelumnya masih merugi.

APOL masih akan melanjutkan strategi efisiensi di segala lini, terutama untuk pemakaian bahan bakar serta penjualan aset-aset yang tidak produktif seperti kapal-kapal yang sudah tua. "Ini kami lakukan agar perusahaan lebih efektif, ramping dana dapat bersaing," kata Ferdy Suwandi, Sekretaris Perusahaan APOL di Jakarta, Jumat (16/6).

Perusahaan pelayaran ini tercatat memiliki 42 unit kapal yang terdiri dari dua unit kapal Paramax untuk disewakan, satu medium range, 14 tongkang, tiga unit floating crane, 21 kapal tunda dan satu kapal crew.

Tahun lalu, APOL sebetulnya memiliki 53 armada kapal namun terlah berhasil dijual sebanyak delapan unit, yakni dua unit tongkang, dua floating crane dan empat unit kapal tunda.

Ferdy bilang, pelepasan kapal yang dilakukan tahun lalu membantu efisiensi sehingga beban usaha juga mengalami penurunan. "Tujuan utama kami melepas kapal karena usianya sudah tua dan tidak produktif yang membuat biaya bahan bakarnya sangat besar," jelasnya.

Sementara dari sisi prospek usaha, APOL optimistis melihat bisnis angkutan batubara tahun 2017 ini. Apalagi sejalan dengan program pemerintah yang menetapkan target produksi batubara 413 juta ton, yakni 121 juta ton akan dialokasikan untuk pasar domestik.

Selain itu, pemerintah juga untuk menggalakkan program untuk merealisaiskan penyediaan listrik sebesar 35.000 MW tahun 2019 dengan 25.000 MW Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Uap (PLTU). Itu juga akan menopang pertumbuhan bisnis batubara. Perusahaan ini juga sekaligus mendukung transportasi pembangunan infrastruktur.

Di luar angkutan barubara, APOL juga berencana untuk lebih angresif mencari proyek-proyek baru di dalam negeri yang berhubungan dengan kegiatan usaha pelayaran dan jasa pendukung lainnya seperti manajemen kapal, jasa bongkar muat, jasa pengelolaan pelabuhan dan jasa keagenan.

Saat ini, APOL tengah menjalankan kontrak kerja sama angkutan pelayaran batubara dan migas. Pertama, kontrak dengan Pertamina untuk angkutan migas. Kemudian dengan PLN untuk angkutan batubara dari Kalimantan ke PLTU Tanjung Jati B Jawa Timur dan satu lagi kontrak angkutan batubara dengan PT Asmin Bara Bronang (ABB).

Sumber : Kontan, 16.06.17.

16 Juni 2017

[160617.EN.BIZ] Maersk Trade Finance Offers Shippers Ways of Financing Overseas Deals

MAERSK Line, the world's biggest, is now offering ways to finance trade deals through easy access to capital, easier ways to establish credit worthiness and a simple computer system that removes paper trails.

Maersk Trade Finance is a new customer-centric, ocean transportation financing product that combines container transport with financing, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

Available in Singapore, India, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States, Maersk Trade Finance will be launched in New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Georgia effective immediately.

Maersk Trade Finance is one of many new integrated solutions Maersk Line will deliver in the coming years to improve the customer experience.

Maersk claims to offer a one-stop shop providing a "more effective way to manage the ocean leg of end-to-end global supply chains, both financially and operationally".

Said Maersk Trade Finance product chief William Duggan: "This is an exciting new product that unites the flow of goods and finances to support and strengthen the importing and exporting ambitions of businesses shipping throughout the world."

Source : HKSG.