26 Maret 2015

[260315.EN.SEA] Reefer-rich 10,000-TEU CMA CGM Volga Enters Asia-Black Sea Service

MARSEILLES shipping giant CMA CGM has announced that the CMA CGM Volga, the eighth of twenty-eight 10,000-TEU range ships, has started her maiden voyage in the Asia-Europe service from Dalian.

The CMA CGM Volga will rotate through Dalian, Tianjin, Kwangyang, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Shenzhen-Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas, Izmit, Istanbul Ambarli, Constanza, Odessa, Ilyichevsk, Port Said, Port Kelang, Singapore and back to Dalian.

Sister ships CMA CGM Danube, CMA CGM Elbe, CMA CGM Litani, CMA CGM Tigris, CMA CGM Loire, CMA CGM Ural and CMA CGM Rhone are named after rivers. The vessels were first delivered last June with the last one expected in the third quarter of 2016.

Flying the Maltese flag, the Volga was built in the Chinese NTS shipyards - New Times Shipbuilding, Jiangsu province, near Shanghai.

At 300 metres long and 48 metres wide, she was designed to offer a maximum loading capacity while meeting the constraints of the Bosphorus. With a 1,458-FEU reefer plugs, she exemplifies the company's aim to be a leader in the field.

Joining the Bosphorus Express (BEX) service, the CMA CGM Volga will offer direct links between Asia, Turkey and the Black Sea.

The ship is equipped with the latest environmental technologies that reduce C02 emissions. It is also fitted with new bulbous bows to improve fuel consumption at speeds of 16 to 18 knots as well as an electronically controlled long stroke engine with an exhaust gas bypass system as well as a ballast water treatment system.

Source : HKSG.



25 Maret 2015

[250315.EN.SEA] EU 'Orders' Greece To Renege On Cosco Piraeus Port Deal To Raise New Cash

THE European Commission has "ordered" Greece to collect "illegal fiscal benefits" granted to Cosco's Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT), Reuters reports.

The commission, the governing body of the European Union trading bloc, said the measures breached EU rules and included tax exemptions and preferential accounting treatment.

"The companies now need to pay back the advantage received from the Greek state. To avoid further distortions of competition, the Greek authorities are also expected to cease granting these advantages to PCT from now on," the commission said.

This order comes against a background of cash-strapped Greece threatening dire consequences if Germany does not release funds to solve what Athens calls a "short term cash flow problem" - yet again.

Source : HKSG.

[250315.ID.BIZ] Presiden Jokowi Sukses Raih Komitmen Investasi Toyota Rp20 Triliun

Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - Perusahaan otomotif asal Jepang Toyota berkomitmen menambah investasi di Indonesia sebesar Rp20 triliun setelah Presiden RI Joko Widodo (Jokowi) mengunjungi kantor perusahaan Toyota di Nagoya, Jepang hari ini, 25 Maret 2015.

Jokowi berharap ketika investasi puluhan triliun itu masuk Tanah Air, akan menambah kepercayaan investor asing lainnya guna menanamkan modal di Indonesia. "Kalau ini masuk, yang lain akan ikut karena ini bangun kepercayaan," kata Jokowi di laman Sekretariat Kabinet RI.

Selain membicarakan investasi, Jokowi meminta kepada Presiden Toyota Motor Akio Toyoda untuk menjadikan Indonesia product service khusus untuk ekspor. Toyota juga menyanggupi permintaan presiden untuk meningkatkan ekspor mobil maupun komponen, tiga kali lipat dari posisi sekarang minimal menyamai Thailand.

“Saya bertemu Presiden Toyota Mr. Akio Toyoda, saya minta Indonesia dijadikan sebagai product service khusus untuk ekspor".

Presiden mengemukakan saat ini Thailand sudah mengekspor sekitar 700.000 unit per tahun sedangkan Indonesia baru sekitar 200.000 unit per tahun.

Namun komitmen itu tidak diperoleh secara gratis karena pihak Toyota meminta sejumlah syarat yang harus dipenuhi oleh pemerintah RI.

"Tapi dia juga minta agar dibantu visa kerja, angkutan barang dari pabrik ke pelabuhan, ketiga masalah berurusan berkaitan dengan pelabuhan,” katanya.

Agenda mengunjungi kantor Toyota di Nagoya adalah bagian dari kunjungan kenegaraan Presiden Jokowi di Jepang. Untuk menuju Nagoya, Presiden Jokowi didampingi Ibu Negara Iriana dan rombongan, menggunakan moda transportasi kereta api cepat Shinkansen.

Presiden Jokowi dan rombongan selanjutnya akan melanjutkan kunjunganya ke Beijing, Republik Rakyat Tiongkok, melalui Bandar Udara Internasional Chubu Centrair Nagoya, Jepang.

Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 25.03.15.

24 Maret 2015

[240315.EN.SEA] Hong Kong Fuel Warning; Fines, Jail Await Those Not Using Low-sulphur Fuel

OCEANGOING vessels docked in Hong Kong must use low-sulphur fuel after July 1 fuel or face fines and/or jail, warns the Environmental Protection Department.

This is expected to divert cargo ships to Shenzhen terminals of Shekou, Chiwan, Da Chan Bay, Yantian and even Guanzhou's terminal at Nansha, where the fuel rule does not apply.

Mitigating the bad news is the plunge in oil prices in the last eight months. Crude fell 50 per cent in January, thus softening the blow of the extra 50 per cent cost increase that low sulphur fuel imposes - at least until oil prices rise.

The department unveiled details of the new low sulphur fuel regulations to ensure reduced ship emissions and improved air quality in local communities.

Known as the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation, vessels will be required to use bunkers with a sulphur content no greater than 0.5 per cent while berthed.

Ships will also be allowed to use LNG and other fuels approved by the Director of Environmental Protection, or use gas scrubbers to ensure the low sulphur requirement is met.

After July 1, masters and owners of deepsea failing to meet the requirement are liable for HK$200,000 (US$25,000) of six months imprisonment.

Masters and shipowners who fail to record or keep the required particulars will also be liable to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and three months, the department warned.

Hong Kong eco lobby Civic Exchange has campaigned for the harsh regulatory measure. "Civic Exchange congratulates the government for taking the right step to control ship emissions," said the group's press release.

Source : HKSG.