19 Desember 2014

[191214.EN.SEA] Inchcape Shipping Services Names New Vice President For African Operations



INCHCAPE Shipping Services (ISS), a leading maritime, cargo and supply provider, has announced the appointment of Peter Nielsen as vice president for Africa.

Mr Nielsen, with extensive experience in West Africa where he was a director of OBT shipping for over 10 years, recently joined ISS and will assist senior vice president David Mackay in Mombasa to run operations across the region.

Mr Nielsen has worked in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Gambia. Before that, Peter was a MISE management trainee with AP Moller-Maersk and worked in various departments within the Maersk before becoming commercial manager and acting general manager for the group in Mozambique.

Said Mr Mackay: "We welcome Peter on board and look forward to the support and experience he will bring which will greatly assist the ambitious growth plans ISS is developing for Africa."

Inchcape Shipping Services has 300 proprietary offices in 67 countries, and a workforce of over 3,900, the company's diverse global customer base now includes owners and charterers in the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as naval, government and intergovernmental organisations.

ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support, informational and other associated marine services. The company also provides outsourcing services including global crew and marine spares logistics; port hub agency management and sophisticated enterprise resource planning solutions through its subsidiary ShipNet.

Source : HKSG.

[191214.ID.BIZ] Putin: Anjloknya Harga Minyak Konspirasi AS dan Arab Saudi



REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MOSKOW -- Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin tidak menampik adanya kemungkinan konspirasi antara AS dan Arab Saudi dalam anjloknya harga minyak dunia beberapa bulan belakangan. Meskipun, dia sendiri belum mengkonfirmasi hal ini.

Putin menyatakan, ada pembicaraan terkait hal ini sebelumnya. "Beberapa orang mengatakan ada konspirasi antara Arab Saudi dan AS untuk menghukum Iran atau menekan perekonomian Rusia atau untuk mengarahakan dampaknya pada Venezuela," ujar Putin seperti dikutip dari Russian News Agency, Kamis (18/12).

Putin menambahkan, ini hanya asumsi saja. Karena biaya produksi untuk shale-oil dan shale-gas saat ini nyaris nol. "Jika tingkat ini terus, semuanya akan berantakan (dalam produksi shale-oil) dan harga akan mulai naik," katanya. "Tapi kita tidak bisa mengatakan ini dengan keyakinan seratus persen."

Ia percaya kepentingan Administrasi AS dan produsen utama minyak mungkin bertepatan pada saat ini. Karena Washington memperlakukan investasi dalam produksi shale-oil oleh perusahaan swasta.

Sumber : Republika, 19.12.14.

18 Desember 2014

[181214.EN.SEA] Global Container Terminals to Handle 840 Million TEU by 2018, Says Drewry



THE annual throughput at global container terminals will rise 5.6 per cent over the next five years and reach 840 million TEU by 2018, says London's Drewry Maritime Research.

The increase will push utilisation rates at the terminals to 75 per cent in 2018 from the 68 per cent in 2013, Drewry reported in the 12th edition of its Global Container Terminal Annual Review & Forecast.

The report identified key trends including larger ships, alliances, financial pressure on shipping lines, cooperation among terminal operators, mergers and acquisitions and the automation of terminals.

In discussing the report's findings, senior analyst of ports and terminals, Neil Davidson, said Hong Kong's China Merchant Holdings and France's Bollore are new entrants to Drewry's roster, which this year included 24 global terminal operators. Mr Davidson said with further acquisitions by China Merchants likely.

Merger and acquisition activity has intensified during the last year, as financial institutions show renewed appetite for investment and container lines and investors who bought terminals during the pre-recession boom seek to exit, Mr Davidson said, citing investments by Toronto's Brookfield Asset Management and Japan's MOL.

West Africa, North Africa and greater China will be the fastest growing regions for global terminal operators' investment. East Africa, northwest Europe and the west coast of North America are expected to be the slowest.

An attraction for investors is terminal operators' profitability, which Mr Davidson said has been consistent, even during the downturn in trade that accompanied the 2008-2009 recession. He said global terminal operators' earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation generally range from 20 to 45 per cent of revenue.

Source : HKSG.

[181214.ID.BIZ] Merkel: Hukuman Terhadap Rusia Tetap Tak Terelakkan

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BERLIN -- Kanselir Jerman Angela Merkel, Kamis, menekankan bahwa tujuan Eropa adalah Ukraina bebas dan utuh, dan hukuman Barat terhadap Rusia tidak bisa dihindari hingga tujuan itu tercapai.

Merkel berbicara di hadapan parlemen beberapa jam sebelum dimulai pertemuan puncak Eropa di Brussels, yang membahas ketegangan dengan Rusia, yang tengah menghadapi masalah ekonomi, mengenai nasib bekas negara Soviet itu.

"Tujuan gerakan kami adalah dan akan tetap adalah Ukraina yang berdaulat dan utuh secara teritorial, yang bisa menentukan masa depannya sendiri," kata Merkel, dan memperingatkan bahwa tujuan ini akan membutuhkan "kesabaran dan kegigihan".

Merkel menegaskan bahwa "tidak ada solusi militer" dan berjanji untuk meneruskan dukungan politik dan ekonomi bagi Ukraina, yang diharapkan bisa "memodernisasi ekonomi, memperkuat hukum dan memberantas korupsi".

Ia menunjuk pada situasi kemanusiaan ditengah rendahnya suhu udara musim dingin dan mengatakan "Ukraina harus diizinkan untuk membawa pasok kemanusiaan mereka sendiri dengan aman ke kawasan di timur negara itu yang dikuasai oleh kelompok pembangkang".

Merkel yang sering berbicara dengan Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin menekankan bahwa Eropa terus mengusahakan dialog dengan Moskow, dan bahwa tujuannya adalah "kerja sama keamanan Eropa dengan Rusia, bukan melawan Rusia".

"Sampai kami mencapai tujuan itu... sanksi tetap tidak terelakkan," katanya.

Merkel yang tumbuh di era komunis di bekas Jerman Timur mengatakan bahwa "akhir Perang Dingin 25 tahun lalu memungkinkan negara-negara di Eropa tengah dan timur menentukan jalan mereka sendiri".

"Jika kami membiarkan hak menentukan diri sendiri ini diabaikan hari ini, itu artinya tidak kurang dari divisi baru Eropa menuju lingkaran pengaruh, perpecahan baru Eropa," katanya.

"Itu akan menjadi langkah mundur bagi Ukraina, itu akan menjadi langkah mundur bagi keamanan Eropa dan bagi Eropa secara keseluruhan. Dan itulah sebabnya kami tidak bisa membiarkan hal ini terjadi. Dan kenapa kami tidak akan membiarkan hal itu terjadi," katanya.

Sumber : Republika, 18.12.14.

17 Desember 2014

[171214.EN.AIR] Cathay, Dragonair Cargo Volume Up 12pc in November

HONG KONG's Cathay Pacific and sister airline Dragonair combined carried 165,102 tonnes of cargo and mail in November, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the same month last year.

The cargo and mail load factor rose by 4.7 percentage points to 68.4 per cent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up 5.3 per cent while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) flown surged by 13.1 per cent.

For the year to the end of November, tonnage rose by 11.9 per cent while capacity was up 10.7 per cent and RTKs increased by 14.8 per cent on-year.

Cathay Pacific general manager cargo sales Mark Sutch said: "The demand for air cargo shipments remained very robust throughout November, again driven primarily by strong traffic on the transpacific lanes.

"Our business was helped by the bottlenecks in seaports on the west coast of the USA, leading to more shipments being moved by air.

"Intra-Asian traffic remained robust in November, and it was a better month for our cargo business in Europe, helped by big shipments of the new release Beaujolais out of France. We carried close to 2,000 tonnes of the wine in total, most of it bound for Japan," he said.

Together the sister airlines carried a total of 2,569,508 passengers in November, an increase of 3.7 per cent compared to the same month in 2013. The passenger load factor fell by 0.9 percentage points to 80.4 per cent while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), rose by five per cent.


Source : HKSG.