30 September 2014

[300914.EN.SEA] Seaspan Assesses Options For GCI Investment, Including Possible Buy Out




SEASPAN is considering the acquisition of Greater China Intermodal Investments (GCI), in which it holds a 10.5 per cent stake, according to Alphaliner.

GCI is an investment partnership established in March 2011 with an affiliate of the Carlyle Group and other investors, including affiliates of Seaspan's director Graham Porter (Tiger Group) and of Seaspan's largest shareholder, Dennis Washington (Washington Family).

The GCI fleet consists of four containerships, including two vessels of 10,010 TEU and two 4,646 TEUers. GCI also has 17 ships on order, seven 14,000 TEUers and 10 of 10,000 TEU.

Seaspan manages GCI's vessels as well as its own ships and orders, and also holds first refusal rights to buy certain GCI ships and participate in containership investments made by GCI. The first refusal rights have been extended until March 31 2016.

Source : HKSG.

[300914.ID.BIZ] Proyek Ambisius Mitsubishi



KATADATA – Mitsubishi akan membangun pabrik kedua di Indonesia yang akan berlokasi di GIIC Deltamas Bekasi - Jawa Barat, dengan luas pabrik sekitar 50 hektar. Pabrik kedua ini memerlukan investasi Mitshubishi sebesar Rp 7,2 triliun. Belum termasuk investasi yang dikeluarkan untuk industri komponen pendukungnya. Hal ini dilakukan agar Mitsubishi tidak tertinggal dengan pesaingnya yang telah terlebih dahulu meningkatkan kapasitas produksi per tahun dengan membangun lebih dari 1 pabrik di Indonesia.

Sepanjang tahun 2006 – 2014, Mitsubishi telah menanam modal hingga US$ 7 miliar. Selama itu, Mitsubishi lebih menggarap bisnis otomotif untuk pasar kendaraan niaga. Menurut Duljatmo, Operation General Manager of Mitsubishi Motor Corporation Marketing Division PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motor, untuk investasi kali ini akan lebih fokus pada mobil penumpang. Saat ini, Mitsubishi menduduki peringkat ke-5 sebagai brand otomotif yang menguasai 12% pasar Indonesia.

Brand pesaing seperti Daihatsu, Nissan dan Honda tahun ini sudah mulai memproduksi mobil dengan dibantu pabrik baru. Daihatsu malah memiliki hingga 5 buah pabrik produksi dan perakitan yang tersebar di wilayah Karawang dan Sunter dengan total kapasitas produksi terbesar yaitu hingga 460 ribu unit kendaraan per tahun. 

Sementara brand Suzuki, Toyota dan Isuzu sudah melakukan groundbreaking untuk pembangunan pabrik baru yang akan selesai pembangunanya di tahun 2015 - 2016. Sementara Hino, belum ada rencana lebih lanjut dalam membangun pabrik di Indonesia. Brand – brand diatas, bersama dengan Mitsubishi, menjadi brand Jepang yang menguasai 95% industri otomotif tanah air.

Sumber : KataData, 30.09.14.

29 September 2014

[290914.EN.SEA] MCC to Expand SE Asia-South China Sea Service With New Loop


SINGAPORE's intra MCC Transport is making changes to its intra Asia services with the launch of an additional loop connecting South East Asia, the Philippines, Taiwan, South China and Cambodia, and amendments to two existing loops.

The new loop dubbed IA-9, a name already used in the past by two other MCC loops serving intra Asia, will not only call at ports in the regional markets it serves, but also provide feeder links for Maersk, its parent company.

Of note, the Philippines (Luzon Island) will not be served through Manila owing to severe congestion, but instead via the port of Batangas, located 100 kilometres to the south of the capital, reported Alphaliner.

The port rotation for the IA-9 is Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Batangas, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen-Yantian, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Sihanoukville and back to Tanjung Pelepas.



The service to be operated by four ships will commence on October 8 and will turn in four weeks.

MCC is also revising the port rotation of its Russia-China-SE Asia IA-5 loop to call at Xingang, Qingdao, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Sihanoukville, Ho Chi Minh City, Shenzhen-Yantian, Shanghai, Busan, Vladivostok (Fish Port), Vladivostok (Dalzavod), Daesan, returning to Xingang.

It is also to add a call at Nansha on its IA-4 loop, replacing Hong Kong.

Source : HKSG.

[290914.ID.BIZ] Utang Luar Negeri Indonesia Kian Berisiko


REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Utang luar negeri Indonesia semakin berisiko. Mantan Menteri Keuangan (Menkeu), Fuad Bawazier mengungkapkan, diperkirakan Amerika Serikat (AS) akan menaikkan suku bunga pada tahun depan.

Ia menjelaskan, bila hal itu benar terjadi, maka seluruh dana AS yang tersebar di luar negeri, sebagian akan masuk ke AS, karena negara tersebut sedang membutuhkan. Sehingga berisiko bagi Indonesia, karena kursnya bisa melemah.

"Kondisi itu akan menyebabkan Indonesia mengalami inflasi," ujar Fuad, dalam diskusi 'Implikasi Ekonomi Politik Utang Luar Negeri Rezim SBY terhadap Rezim Jokowi dan Anak Cucu Bangsa' di Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta Pusat, Senin, (29/9). Menurutnya bila inflasi terjadi, maka diperlukan rupiah lebih banyak daripada dolar.

Ia mengatakan, para pengutang luar negeri wajib menyimpan dolar, agar tak gelagapan saat jatuh tempo. Sedangkan pertumbuhan ekonomi di Indonesia, disetir oleh pertumbuhan konsumen.

"Utang luar negeri akan mengancam saat kurs melemah. Bila BBM naik pun akan memicu inflasi," jelasnya. Menurutnya, Jokowi harus mengambil tindakan nyata untuk mengatasi masalah ini.

Fuad menyebutkan, dahulu SBY di awal pemerintahannya, banyak orang memperlakukannya seperti raja. Hanya saja tak lama kemudian, justru pemerintahannya mulai tergerus.

Ia khawatir pemerintahan Jokowi akan lebih cepat tergerus, bila tak ada solusi nyata. "Jangan menjadi pemerintahan super pencitraan," katanya menegaskan.

Sumber : Republika, 29.09.14.

28 September 2014

[280914.EN.SEA] Zim Keeps A-E loops Despite Plans To Withdraw From Trade in April

ISRAELI container shipping line Zim is continuing to offer Far East-North Europe services, albeit a reduced number of sailings, despite its announced "withdrawal" from the trade in April, and as spot rates fall.

Following the closure in May of the weekly Far East-Europe service, which it jointly operated with CSCL (AEX-1), it is still offering monthly ad hoc sailings.

Zim operates these sailings with ships ranging in size from 4,600 to 10,000 TEU.

Zim's ad hoc Far East-Europe sailings continue to be advertised even as Asia-Europe rates decline. The SCFI spot rate from Shanghai to North Europe decreased to $908/TEU as at September 19, the first time it dropped below the key $1,000/TEU rate since March, reported Alphaliner.

Rates as low as $650/TEU are currently offered, just ahead of the October Golden Week holidays in China, with rate weakness expected to persist until the end of the year.


Source : HKSG.

[280914.ID.OTH] Tifatul akan Tutup Twitter di Indonesia?

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA-- Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika, Tifatul Sembiring kembali membuat pernyataan yang mengejutkan di akun Twitter pribadinya, @tifsembiring pada pagi ini. Tifatul mengisyaratkan untuk melakukan penutupan media sosial Twitter di Indonesia.

"Beberapa negara spt Turki, Arab Saudi, Mesir pernah menutup twitter. Indonesia belum pernah menutup Twitter. Ada usulan?" kata Tifatul.

Tifatul mengatakan selama ini hampir tidak ada pemerintahan yang bisa mengontrol Twitter, termasuk Amerika Serikat. Apalagi hanya urusan trending topic yang digemari anak-anak yang belum dewasa atau akil baligh.

Pasalnya ia mengklaim berdasarkan salah satu survei menyatakan sebanyak 64 persen pengguna Twitter di Indonesia merupakan remaja berusia 11-14 tahun. "Banyak yg belum akil baligh (dewasa)," ujar politisi Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) ini.

Pengelola Twitter, lanjutnya, menyediakan beberapa fasilitas bagi setiap pengguna seperti report as spam, follow, unfollow dan block. Trending topic pun berjalan secara otomatis.

"Twitter adlh situs dg nama domain tunggal twitter(dot)com. Jadi pilihan Pemerintah hanya 2, twitter BOLEH atau TIDAK," katanya menegaskan.

Pernyataan Tifatul ini pun langsung ditanggapi para pengguna Twitter. "Dan @tifsembiring mewacana menutup twitter di bbrp hari sblm dia lengser .... Dia produk kabinet #ShamedByYou. Kegagalan epic lain SBY," kata pemilik akun @elisa_jkt.

"Pak tiffy ini ga nyadar kalo dia juga mainan twitter, Tifatul Sembiring aka (also known as/ juga dikenal sebagai) Menteri Blokir Indonesia," kata pemilik akun @yoedaTrianjaya.

"Tifatul berencana nutup Twitter. Hebat amat yak ini orang. Dia mau nutup loh, bukan block. Ckckck..," kata pemilik akun @dickyardiann.

Pemilik akun @ShafiqPontoh juga tak mau ketinggalan menanggapi pernyataan Tifatul ini. "Oh jadi Tifatul (PKS) yang doyan ngebungkam suara publik yah? Gak aneh maksa merampas suara rakyat #ShameOnYouSBY".


Sumber : Republika, 28.09.14.

27 September 2014

[270914.EN.SEA] Court Rules For Rotterdam in 3-year Fight With Hutchison Port Operator


A ROTTERDAM court has backed the Rotterdam Port Authority against Hong Kong-based Hutchison's European Container Terminals (ECT) in three-year dispute over who should have run Maasvlakte2.

Hutchison's ECT claimed US$1.7 billion in lost earnings from the award of the two terminals at the massive Maasvlakte2 facility to Maersk unit APM Terminals and Rotterdam World Gateway.

But the district court said the port authority did not act unlawfully by promoting greater competition between container stevedoring terminals.

Founded in 1963, ECT is Rotterdam's first container terminal. It claimed the tendering process was unfair and that it was guaranteed an average utilisation rate of 85 per cent.

But the court said: "ECT was not denied fair tendering. Terms and conditions the port authority made with ECT are no less favourable than those made with its rivals. The port made no commitment to ECT it failed to honour.

In response to the ruling, the authority said it regretted that the issue led to legal proceedings and that it now hoped to be able to bring this matter to a close.

Maasvlakte2 winners Rotterdam World Gateway, owned by DP World, MOL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, APL and CMA CGM, will have a first-phase capacity of 2.3 million TEU while the new APMT facility will have an initial capacity of 2.4 million TEU.


Source : SN-TR, 26.09.14.