18 April 2015
17 April 2015
THE expected privatisation of Jamaica's main port by the CMA CGM Terminal Link 30-year takeover of Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) raised questions, but also got quick answers in an exhaustive article in the Kingston Gleanor.
To the question of why privatise KCT, considered to be Jamaica's prime asset, Public Works Minister Omar Davies told the Gleanor that the concessionaire is a global terminal operator linked with a major container shipping line, leaders in the field.
CMA CGM Terminal Link's portfolio currently consists of interest in 14 terminals and it has handled more than 12 million TEU in 2014, he said.
Second, KCT will be developed into a multi-user port, and third the capital cost of dredging will be assumed by the concessionaire, freeing the government from that obligation, he said.
Under the deal the Port Authority of Jamaica will receive an immediate payment of US$75 million to cover the value KCT equipment.
The Port Authority will also be paid a fixed $15 million per year on a quarterly basis as lease for the port facility, and a variable fee of eight per cent of gross revenues payable monthly.
With a 2,400-metres of wharf, an 80-hectare (197 acres) surface and 15.5-metre draught, KCT can now dock 4,500-TEUers, but with planned increase from its present capacity of 2.8 million TEU it is expected to rise to 3.6 million TEU, run 14 gantry cranes and 60 port riders, as well as being able to dock 12,600-TEU ships.
Said Terminal Link president Farid Salem: "The government will also benefit from the payment of income and other related taxes."
Port Authority chairman CEO Gordon Shirley also said the concessionaire will acquire the equipment, and the Jamaican government will reacquire whatever equipment is on the property when the concession is terminated.
Kingston Freeport Terminal will dredge the access channel to the Kingston Harbour and the basin of the KCT to allow for the handling of larger vessels, which will transit the Panama Canal after its expansion is complete next year.
Drewry ranks Terminal Link 11th worldwide and expects it to be in seventh or eighth place by 2017. Kingston port was last rated eighth in the Caribbean, but with the canal expansion next year, it is expected to be in the top five.
Looking at the map, the distance from Kingston is 650 miles (1,040 kilometres) to Panama, from which explodes a starburst of trade lanes, with Jamaica dead centre, making it ideal as a transshipment hub - if Panama dreams come true.
The Jamaica Port Authority will retain responsibility for maintenance dredging of the channel and for putting in place regulations and policies in support of the development of the Greater Port of Kingston and other ports across Jamaica.
Under the US$510 million agreement, transfer of operating control of the port will follow the financial close of the transaction, which is expected to be completed within six to eight months after the signing.
The Port Authority is worth about $58 billion by assets. KCT accounted for about $10 billion of its $20 billion revenue base at FY 2014, said the Gleanor.
Source : HKSG.
Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia (Apindo) berharap aksi turun jalan yang biasa dilakukan oleh pekerja saat peringatan hari buruh pada 1 Mei nanti berjalan damai.
Apindo meminta kepada seluruh pekerja di Tanah Air untuk menjalankan aksinya secara tertib tanpa mengganggu masyarakat dan terutama tidak mengganggu produktivitas.
"Apindo berharap May Day berjalan tenang, tidak ada sesuatu yang menimbulkan ketakutan sehingga menurunkan produktivitas," kata Wakil Sekjen Apindo Aditya Warman, Kamis (16/4/2015).
Dia menjelaskan kendati peringatan May Day jatuh pada 1 Mei, namun sejak dijadikannya 1 Mei sebagai hari libur nasional pekerja justru menggelar aksi setelah 1 Mei.
"Jadi 1 Mei hari libur ya memang buat libur, aksinya di hari lain yang tidak libur," keluh Aditya.
Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 16.04.15.
16 April 2015
TO ease Indonesia's congested transport arteries and speed container delivery, Indonesia has been investing in railways.
But unless the last mile rail connections to the ports and major industrial centres are made rail linkages will come to nought, experts say.
State port operator Pelindo III is partnering with train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia's (KAI) to reactivate a long-suspended container train service at Surabaya's Tanjung Perak Port.
The service, to be operated by KAI's logistics unit PT Kereta Api Logistik together with Pelindo III's subsidiary, PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya, will serve the busy Surabaya-Jakarta route with a twice daily service.
It will connect the port with the nearby Petikemas Surabaya train station and run 15 to 30 railcars with an annual capacity of 43,800 TEU, reported the UK's Seatrade Global.
Construction of the northern section of the Jakarta-Surabaya double track railway that begun in 2011 has been completed while the southern Java line is to be operational in 2017.
The US$773 million northern Java corridor line is to be able to run 200 trains a day and double freight capacity to 6,000 TEU per week.
The key to the success of these new rail infrastructure projects is how they will connect to the ports. The transport ministry is reportedly planning to reopen inactive railroads to facilitate this.
These include the 45-kilometre track from Cianjur to Padalarang (West Java), the 33-kilometre track from Surakarta to Wonogiri (Central Java), the 30-kilometre track from Kedungjati to Tuntang (Central Java) and the nine-kilometre track from Jakarta Kota to Tanjung Priok.
The major hurdle in realising these goals is land acquisition. For example, in Jakarta, the effort to connect the railway line with the port of Tanjung Priok has been delayed by land acquisition problems, especially due to the Mbah Priok graveyard being in the way.
Efforts are underway to build a railway line from Cikarang to Jakarta's new port of Kalibaru, but in Cirebon, near where the shelved Cilamaya port project may relocate to, reactivation of the existing line has met resistance from local government.
Source : HKSG.
Bisnis.com, TANGERANG -- PT KAI (Persero) Daerah Operasionl I membongkar sekitar 86 rumah toko (ruko) di kawasan Pasar Lama, Tangerang, guna perluasan stasiun.
Senior Manajer Humas PT KAI Daop I Jakarta Bambang S. Prayitno mengatakan bangunan yang dibongkar merupakan bangunan bekas kontrak kerja sama dengan PT Hipmawi dengan masa kontrak pada 1993 - 2013.
"Lokasinya di Jalan Ki Samaun dan Ki Asnawi, Kota Tangerang," katanya dalam keterangan resmi, Rabu (15/4/2015).
Kontrak kerja sama tersebut berakhir sejak 27 Desember 2013 dan PT KAI tidak melakukan perpanjangan yang berjalan lumayan lama sekitar 20 tahun. Ke depan lahan yang ada dipakai untuk program perluasan wilayah stasiun.
Fasilitas stasiun yang akan diperluas, seperti area parkir dan penataan lingkungan sejalan dengan rencana pemerintah Kota Tangerang. KAI menyatakan proses penertiban secara umum berlangsung kondusif.
Sebanyak 200 personil dikerahkan selama proses pembongkaran. Mereka terdiri dari internal KAI, Polsuska, karyawan KAI, tim penertiban, karyawan PT KCJ, PMK Kota Tangerang, Koramil, Kodim, TNI, Polri, dan lainnya.
"KAI sudah sosialisasikan lebih dulu kepada PT Hipmawi dan kewilayahan," ucap Bambang.
Adapun informasi yang disosialisasikan mencakup tidak diperpanjangnya kontrak kerja sama sesuai rencana perluasan stasiun. Selanjutnya sudah dilayangkan somasi pada 1 Desember 2014, 3 Februari 2015, dan 31 Maret 2015. Pengisi ruko diminta segera mengosongkan lokasi 86 ruko dari total 135 bangunan ruko.
Sumber : Bisnis Indonesia, 16.04.15.
15 April 2015
THE G6 Alliance, made up of Hong Kong's OOCL, Singapore's APL, Germany's Hapag-Lloyd, Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine and Japan's MOL and NYK, have announced its Asia-North America summer programme.
The G6 Alliance will resume the CC2, NYE and SCE services starting with the CC2, which will rotate through Ningbo, Shanghai, Los Angeles-Long Beach and back to Ningbo with the first sailing from Ningbo on May 17.
The same with the NYE loop, which rotates through Kaohsiung, Ningbo, Shanghai-Yangshan, Busan, Panama Canal, Manzanillo (Panama), Savannah, New York, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Manzanillo (Panama), Panama Canal, Balboa, Busan and back to Kaohsiung with the first sailing from Kaohsiung on May 31.
May 26 will occasion the first sailing for the SCE loop, which will rotate through Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Shenzhen-Da Chan Bay, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian, Panama Canal - Manzanillo (Panama), Kingston, Savannah, Charleston, Kingston, Manzanillo (Panama), Panama Canal and back to Xiamen.
There is a service enhancement on the CC1 loop with an additional call at Qingdao with the first sailing from that port on May 17. Thus the new rotation will be Qingdao, Shanghai, Kwangyang, Busan, Los Angeles, Oakland, Busan, Kwangyang and back to Qingdao.
The PA2 service with its focus on Korea and Japan will be adjusted to connect the Korean and Japanese markets with North America.
Thus the new rotation will be Tokyo, Kobe, Busan, Balboa, Panama Canal, Manzanillo (Panama), Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Manzanillo (Panama), Panama Canal, Balboa, Los Angeles, Oakland and back to Tokyo with the first from Tokyo on May 26.
Current services will be combined and/or suspended. With the resumption of the NYE and SCE, the combined service will be suspended.
The combined service's original rotation was Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Yantian, Shanghai-Yangshan, Busan, Panama Canal, Manzanillo (Panama), Kingston, Savannah, Charleston, New York, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Kingston, Manzanillo (Panama), Panama Canal, Balboa, Busan and back to Xiamen.
The last sailing will be the Zim Colombo on the 040E from with the sailing on May 21.
CC3 and SE1 services will be withdrawn from the G6 Alliance. APL will continue to operate the CC3 service with US-flagged vessels, independent of the G6 Alliance, said the G6 statement.
The CC3's original rotation was Qingdao, Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Los Angeles, Oakland, Yokohama, Busan and back to Qingdao with the last sailing under G6 Alliance will be APL Holland on May 9 from Qingdao.
The SE1's original rotation was Singapore, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Kaohsiung, Los Angeles, Yokohama, Kaohsiung and back to Singapore. It's last sailing will be the APL Florida on May 6.
Source : HKSG.