26 November 2014

[261114.EN.SEA] More Lines Re-apply WC Congestion Fee, PMA Fumes, ILWU Dawdles

THREE more carriers have joined Hanjin and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) in re-applying their US west coast congestion surcharge that they had all withdrawn earlier, but now have re-established them in defiance of official and unofficial protests.

Joining the defiant pair are Hyundai Merchant Marine, NYK and Zim, which will now levy surcharges ranging from US$800 to $1,000 per FEU from November 26, reports Newark's Journal of Commerce.

They all withdrew their surcharges, led by Maersk, after shippers cried out in protest and the US Federal Maritime Commission voice displeasure and cast doubts about the legality of surcharging cargo at sea.

Meanwhile, 18 ships, among them, 12 box ships, ride at anchor in San Pedro Bay outside the congested ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach unable to get a berth, reports American Shipper.

The 12 box ships are the OOCL Kuala Lumpur, OOCL Italy, NYK Thesius, OOCL Antwerp, APL England, Xin Fei Zhou, the Stadt Aachen, Hanjin New York, the Ever Develop, the Manulani, Hanjin Buddah and the NYK Silvia.

Meanwhile talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the employers of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) continue fitfully.

PMA president James McKenna said he is unhappy with the union's decision to discontinue talks on coastwide issues after December. 2.

The ILWU says it wants to focus on subcommittee negotiations, which involve mostly local issues at the individual port ranges.

Mr McKenna complained of union slowdowns plaguing terminal operations, including the ILWU's refusal to dispatch qualified yard crane operators.

ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees said that while subcommittee negotiations involve mostly local port issues, the smaller committees in the past have also addressed a variety of coastwide issues.


Source : HKSG.

[261114.ID.BIZ] 60 Daerah Belum Punya Layanan Investasi Satu Atap

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Deputi Pengembangan Iklim Investasi Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal Farah Ratnadewi Indriani mengatakan daerah yang belum memiliki layanan investasi satu atap atau one stop service investment saat ini berjumlah 60 kabupaten atau kota. Enam bulan ke depan, semua daerah harus memiliki layanan tersebut.

"Itu sesuai dengan permintaan Pak Joko Widodo," kata Farah saat ditemui dalam acara Indonesia ‎Investment Forum di Hotel Grand Hyatt, Jakarta, Rabu, 26 November 2014. Menurut dia, layanan itu merupakan salah satu upaya pemerintah untuk meningkatkan investasi tahun depan. (Baca: Singapura Incar Pasar Furniture Indonesia)

Presiden Joko Widodo mewajibkan semua pemerintah daerah memiliki layanan satu atap dalam pengurusan perizinan. Layanan satu atap ini akan meningkatkan gairah investasi di daerah. Jokowi mengakui saat ini sejumlah provinsi dan kabupaten/kota telah menerapkan layanan satu atap dalam pengurusan perizinan. Namun kondisi ini belum terjadi di semua daerah.

Farah mengatakan berdasarkan data BKPM, selama lima tahun terakhir kepemimpinan S‎usilo Bambang Yudhoyono, ‎tercatat pertumbuhan rata-rata investasi adalah 28 persen dengan komposisi Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) dan Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) masing-masing 69,2 persen dan 30,8 persen. Hingga akhir tahun ini dia memperkirakan jumlah total investasi adalah sebesar Rp 456,6 triliun. (Baca: Pengusaha Berdarah India Ini Incar Pasar Jakarta)

Pertumbuhan investasi hingga akhir 2014 sendiri ‎hanya 14,6 persen atau turun dari tahun lalu yang mencapai 27,3 persen. Dalam kepemimpinan SBY lima tahun terakhir, pertumbuhan investasi tertinggi tercatat pada tahun 2010 sebesar 51,9 persen.

Mengenai target pertumbuhan investasi pada Kabinet Kerja Joko Widodo, Farah mengatakan bahwa pemerintah menargetkan pertumbuhan per tahun rata-rata 15,4 persen. Komposisinya, FDI sebesar 63,7 persen, sedangkan DDI 36,3 persen. "Pada tahun 2019 mendatang target investasi total sebesar Rp 933 triliun," kata Farah. Untuk tahun depan pemerintah menargetkan capaian investasi sebesar Rp 519,5 triliun atau naik 13,8 persen.‎ (Baca: Terbebani BBM dan Upah, Pabrik Tekstil Hengkang)


Sumber : TEMPO, 26.11.14.

25 November 2014

[251114.EN.SEA] US Regulators Stall Merger of East and West-bound TSA Quasi-conferences

THE planned merger of two transpacific quasi-conferences called "discussion agreements" has been stalled by questions from the US Federal Maritime Commission.

The 15 member shipping lines of the Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (TSA), which deals with eastbound headhaul seeks to merge with the eight-member backhaul Westbound Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement (WTSA).

TSA and WTSA, which enjoy anti-trust immunity in the United States but not in Europe, began a two-year de facto merger trial in 2013. In October, the group sought to bring the trial to an end and make the merger permanent.

Speaking to Lloyd's List about the planned merger, the administrator of both, Brian Conrad, said it no longer made sense to have two groups after APL and NYK quit the WTSA, leaving only eight members.

He said the ability to consider round-trip should be a positive for the trade. But FMC Commissioner William Doyle now says he has questions he wants answered before he can agree to the plan.

Lloyd's List has since learned that FMC chairman Mario Cordero and Commissioner Richard Lidinsky voted with Mr Doyle on delaying the TSA amendment by 45 days in order to allow more time to study the ramifications.


Source : HKSG.

[251114.ID.AIR] Garuda-Myanmar Airways Berbagi Rute Penerbangan

TEMPO.CO, Tangerang - PT Garuda Indonesia Airlines menandatangani kerja sama codeshare atau berbagi rute penerbangan dengan Myanmar Airways Internasional. Direktur Utama Garuda Emirsyah Satar mengatakan kerja sama ini dilakukan agar penumpang Garuda langsung terkoneksi dengan Myanmar.

"Kerja sama ini penting setelah Presiden Joko Widodo menemukan potensi bisnis setelah berkunjung ke Myanmar," kata dia di kantornya, Selasa, 25 November 2014. (Baca juga: Garuda Indonesia Obral Tiket Rp 1)

Dengan kerja sama ini, Garuda Indonesia menempatkan nomor penerbangan Myanmar Airways Internasional pada rute Bangkok-Yangon dan Singapura-Yangon. Sebaliknya, Myanmar Airways akan menempatkan flight number pada penerbangan Garuda Indonesia untuk rute Jakarta-Bangkok dan Jakarta-Singapura.

Tiket Garuda kini bisa dibeli melalui Myanmar Air dan begitu pun sebaliknya. Kendati kerja sama ini telah ditandatangani, penerapan codeshare masih menunggu persetujuan dari pemerintah dan diharapkan terlaksana pada bulan Desember 2014. (Baca juga: Garuda Siap Satukan Lagi Tiket dan Pajak Bandara)

Direktur Pemasaran dan Penjualan Garuda Erik Meijer mengatakan kerja sama ini akan memperkuat jaringan Garuda di Asia tenggara. "Kami memberikan lebih banyak pilihan penerbangan untuk meningkatkan arus penumpang di antara kedua negara," katanya. Setelah codeshare ditandatangani, diharapkan aktivitas perdagangan dan pariwisata ikut meningkat. (Baca juga: Gara-gara Asap, Garuda Rugi Rp 20 Miliar per Bulan)

Managing Director Myamnar Airways International, Shi Tu, mengatakan ada 55 ribu penumpang yang bepergian antara Indonesia dan Myanmar. Bagi dia, Indonesia merupakan pasar penting untuk Myanmar. "Pengguna jasa kami akan mendapatkan banyak pilihan destinasi kenyamanan dan fleksibilitas dalam penerbangan antara Yangon dan kota-kota besar Indonesia," katanya.


Sumber : Tempo, 25.11.14.

24 November 2014

[241114.EN.SEA] Bigger Containerships Put Greater Pressure On The Container Industry

CARGO owners, intermodal operators, terminal operators and ports are facing increased financial and logistics pressures while shipping lines reap the benefits of lower costs, creating dis-economies of scale.

London's Drewry Maritime Research analysts say at the container shipping industry is confronted with higher costs and more competition since the average size of newbuildings doubled from 4,000 TEU in 2009 to 8,000 TEU in 2014.

Speaking at the Intermodal Europe in Rotterdam, Drewry analyst Stijn Rubens said a further 82 per cent of the current order book comprises vessels that are larger than 8,000 TEU.

Mr Rubens, explained that one of the immediate impacts on terminal operators is that higher investment is required to remain "attractive."

Terminal operators want to improve their gantry crane outreach to handle the big ships with widths of 23 boxes and increase their berth depth to 17 metres.

"On many occasions this means dredging, which is not only very expensive, but also very unpopular in global politics. It's very difficult to realise or to materialise," Mr Rubens said.

Furthermore, the larger vessels are not calling at ports as often, with the average number of port calls per week in Northern Europe falling from 160 in 2009 to 100 this year, the UK's Container Management magazine reported.

"To make things work, we've seen the peaks and the troughs are getting worse and worse. Schedule reliability has been badly affected," he said.

According to Drewry, terminals are finding it difficult to deal with the larger vessels promptly, with only 51 per cent of vessels calling at ports on the Asia-Europe trade, arriving within 24 hours of their schedule time in the first quarter of 2014 leading to longer dwell times on the terminal.

The situation is difficult for intermodal operators too. "For the intermodal operators, the first impact is cost increase. It starts with a few waiting hours here and there, but then it increases.

"The second impact is the modal split because if all your ships are delayed by seven days, that doesn't necessarily mean your shipper will delay his expectations by seven days," said Mr Ruben.

The end result of this is higher costs and lower revenues, meaning intermodal operators "need very high levels of asset utilisation to break even," said the analyst.

Cargo owners are too facing challenges because of less regular services and increased costs.

The industry is also suffering from an additional problem of "dis-economies of scale" as the cost level for shipping companies due to large ships is significantly far from the optimal level for cargo owners, therefore, the industry as whole would have lower costs if vessels were smaller.

To deal with these problems, Mr Rubens suggested both vertical solutions including forecasting, planning and participation and also horizontal measures such as forming networks to allow for specialisation.


Source : HKSG.

[241114.ID.BIZ] Perusahaan Migas AS Dukung Pembentukan Tim Anti Mafia Migas

MERDEKA.COM. Kementerian Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral (ESDM) membentuk Komite Reformasi Tata Kelola Migas untuk memberantas praktik mafia migas di Tanah Air. Langkah ini dinilai sebagai bagian dari upaya mewujudkan kedaulatan energi. Tim Komite Reformasi Tata Kelola Migas ini dipimpin oleh Fasial Basri.

Langkah ini diapresiasi pelaku bisnis sektor migas. Vice President Development and Relation ConocoPhilips Joang Laksanto mengatakan, perusahaan migas terbesar kedua di Amerika Serikat ini mendukung pembentukan komite tersebut.

"Kami selama ini kalau itu menyangkut penyederhanaan proses, meningkatkan investasi di Indonesia, kami dukung program tersebut," ucap Joang di Kantor Wakil Presiden, Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, Jakarta Pusat, Senin (17/11).

Joang mengklaim ConocoPhilips tidak pernah bersinggungan dengan mafia migas. "Sampai saat ini tidak ada. Itu ranah hukum," ucap Joang.

Sebelumnya, Menteri ESDM Sudirman Said mengatakan, Komite Reformasi Tata Kelola Migas ini memiliki empat tugas pokok yang hasil kajiannya akan menjadi bahan rekomendasi Kementerian ESDM kepada Presiden.

Empat tugas tersebut yakni mereview, mengaji seluruh proses perizinan dari hulu hingga hilir, sehingga kebijakan dan aturan yang terindikasi menyuburkan praktik mafia migas akan dihapus dan atau diubah.
Kedua, menata ulang kelembagaan, termasuk memotong mata rantai birokrasi yang tidak efisien. Ketiga, mempercepat revisi UU Migas dan memastikan seluruh substansi sesuai dengan konstitusi dan berpihak kuat kepada kepentingan rakyat. Keempat, mendorong lahirnya iklim industri migas di Indonesia yang bebas dari pemburu rente di setiap rantau nilai aktivitasnya.

Tim ini diharapkan dapat menghasilkan rekomendasi yang bisa diajukan oleh Kementerian ESDM kepada Presiden dalam waktu enam bulan ke depan.

Sumber : Merdeka, 17.11.14.

23 November 2014

[231114.EN.SEA] Drewry Fears Mega Ship Slot Cost Cuts Will Bring About Rate Plunge


THE delivery of 54 ships of at least 10,000 TEU for the Asia-North Europe by December 2015, will have a "huge" impact on the industry, says Drewry Maritime Research.

"The delivery of over 50 ULCVs [ultra large container vessels] in the next 15 months is a double-whammy for the alliances. Lower slot costs are a positive, but they will struggle to cope with the additional capacity in the Asia-North Europe trade and the 60 ships that will be cascaded elsewhere are a risk for the stability of other routes," Drewry believes.

With the ships currently in the delivery pipeline, weekly headhaul nominal capacity could increase by an estimated 12.8 per cent by the end of next year, significantly above any anticipated cargo growth, the UK-based consultant pointed out.

"The delivery of vessels within the respective alliances is quite different. The G6 lines have no ULCVs due for delivery in 2015 and this is probably why they are feeling the pressure to invest in a new tranche of 18,000-TEU vessels to compete with Maersk, MSC, CSCL and UASC," Drewry said.

The Ocean Three lines are responsible for the largest injection of tonnage in the next 15 months. Some 21 ULCVs will be delivered, increasing the average size of ships deployed on the trade from 12,200 TEU to 15,500 TEU.

The average size of ships currently deployed by the 2M lines is surprisingly small at 11,900 TEU, given that Maersk utilises sub 10,000-TEU ships on three of its weekly loops. However, by the end of 2015, this will rise to 14,300 TEU with the delivery of another 15 ULCVs.


Although the average size of ships deployed by both the CKYHE and G6 alliances will be about 12,200-TEU at the end of 2015, CKYHE will have another loop of 14,000 TEU in place.

With relatively few big ships for delivery in 2016 and beyond, the G6 lines will be under pressure next year to compete on slot costs with their immediate peers," Drewry said.

The analysis reads that the 2M alliance will have five weekly loops in the 14,000-TEU range and above. CKYHE four loops; Ocean Three, four and the G6, three loops.

The cascade of larger ships from the Asia-North Europe trade has affected some of the north-south trades for some time now, Drewry said.

Increasing numbers of vessels are also now being deployed in Asia-USWC loops. In a short space of time, there are now nearly 40 vessels of at least 10,000 TEU operating on the transpacific, cascaded from Asia-Europe.

It is clear that US ports have struggled to cope with the additional numbers of containers being discharged.

Said Drewry: "By adopting a logical approach for cascading (ie, the smallest ships are replaced by new bigger ships one for one), we estimate that some 61 ships of between 8,000 TEU and 11,000 TEU will be cascaded in the next 15 months.

"The most likely trade recipients will be we believe Asia-USWC, Asia-Mediterranean, Latin America and possible Asia to Mideast. The average size of the ships to be cascaded is 9,300 TEU and the resultant impact on other routes such as Latin America could be significant," Drewry said.

Source : SN-TR, 23.11.14.