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Monday, January 16, 2017

India, Indonesia Firm Up Maritime Co-operation

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo at the Joint Press Statement. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

Asia‚Äôs most populous democracies and emerging powers, have firmed up a blueprint for enhancing maritime cooperation and resolved to jointly combat terror. India and Indonesia enjoy a good maritime partnership. India has backed Indonesia on the latter‚Äôs escalating dispute with China on territorial claims in South China Sea. This nexus is expected to irk China. ‚ÄúIndonesia is our most important partner as part of our ‚ÄėAct East‚Äô policy,‚ÄĚ Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a joint statement with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday. The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda linked group notorious for kidnappings and, increasingly, piracy. The IMB report was released just hours after armed men attacked a fishing boat, killing eight fishermen, in what appeared to be a pirate attack off the southern Philippines.

West African Oil Loading for Asia to Slip in January

West African crude loading for Asia is expected to slide more than 10 percent in January as some buyers opt for regional grades or cargoes in floating storage, a Reuters survey of traders and shipping data showed on Thursday. Some 1.808 million barrels per day (bpd) are scheduled to load from Nigeria, Angola, Ghana and other West African producers over the coming month, down from December's 17-month high of 2.1 million bpd. Demand was still good, with buyers in China underpinning price differentials for Angolan oil in particular, but the slip highlighted the fierce competition for Eastern buyers in an oversupplied oil market. Buying in Indonesia accounted for the largest portion of the drop, falling to just one cargo from seven in December.

Indonesian Boat Captain to be Prosecuted After Fire

Indonesia plans to prosecute the captain of a tourist boat for negligence after a fire ripped through the vessel on New Year's Day, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens, police said on Tuesday. The boat was carrying about 250 people before it was engulfed by flames shortly after leaving Jakarta. Authorities were still searching the waters around the port for victims, while bodies retrieved from the charred ship were still being identified, said Hendra Sudirman, head of Jakarta's Search and Rescue agency. After questioning, the captain had been named a suspect, police said. "We have detained the captain of the boat since the incident.

Vallianz Shuts Singapore Yard

Photo: Vallianz Holdings Limited

Singapore‚Äôs offshore-support vessel provider  Vallianz Holdings has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore as part of efforts to streamline business operations amidst the severe industry downturn. At the end of 2016, the group has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore due to the industry slowdown and discontinuation of business with a key local customer, Vallianz said in a filing with the Singapore today (Jan 6). These are part of a "rightsizing exercise that is expected to reap cost savings for the group", said Vallianz statement.

Indonesia Joins Spain, Italy in Maritime Development Plan

Image: Indonesian Maritime Security Agency

Indonesia to have full cooperation in maritime infrastructure development from European countries Spain and Italy, says a report in Jakarta Post. Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia Francisco Jose Viqueira Niel outlined the Spanish government’s cooperation plans with Indonesia in the sector to Indonesian Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo. Spain has become an effective partner with Indonesia in the field of shipbuilding. Spain's plans include a review of the Mina Jaya fishing boat construction program, which was carried out in the 1990s.

Five dead, 100 rescued from burning Indonesia tourist boat

Five people were killed and around 100 people rescued on Sunday after a fire ripped through a boat carrying tourists to islands north of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, authorities said. Along with five fatalities, 17 people were also injured, said Ferry Budiharso, a spokesman for the Thousand Island police, the area where the boat was heading. The head of Jakarta's search and rescue agency, Hendra Sudirman, said that 98 people had been rescued. The boat, Zahro Express, caught fire shortly after leaving Muara Angke port in North Jakarta early on Sunday due to a short circuit on a power generator on the boat, Budiharso said. Sea accidents are frequent in Indonesia, a sprawling archipelago, with vessels often overloaded and having too few life jackets on boat.

A New Maritime Forum?

Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Japan Govt

Japan and Indonesia are planning to establish a new high-level bilateral maritime forum. The Japan-Indonesia Maritime Forum will discuss maritime cooperation., says a report in The Japan News. Under the new framework, Tokyo will support Jakarta’s efforts to protect its maritime sovereignty in the South China Sea and other areas. By deepening cooperation with Indonesia, which has strong influence over the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and through multilateral participation, Japan hopes to counter China, which has been building military strongholds in the South China Sea.

Drydocks World and Maritime World Chairman Delivers Key Address

Khamis Juma Buamim with HE Boediono, Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia.

The Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, Khamis Juma Buamim delivered the key address at the Indonesia Investment Summit. The Summit convened by the Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia - BKPM - in Jakarta in association with The International Herald Tribune on November 6-7, 2012 and hosted by H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the Ritz Carlton. The event sought to provide an update on government policy and trading and investment opportunities in Indonesia and global economic transformation. Mr.

Indonesia Says It Has No Conflict with China in South China Sea

Indonesia has no conflict with China over the South China Sea, an Indonesian palace spokesman said on Wednesday, days after eight Chinese crew members were detained for allegedly fishing illegally in the Natuna Sea. "There is no conflict between Indonesia and China related to the South China Sea," said presidential spokesman Johan Budi told reporters. The Natuna Sea is an area between Peninsular Malaysia and the Malaysian province of Sarawak on Borneo island, at the southern end of the South China Sea. Indonesia has raised concerns in the past that China's claims in the South China Sea include waters near the Natuna Islands. China has accepted Indonesia's sovereignty over the islands.

MCC Transport’s New Weekly Indonesia to Japan Service

MCC Transport launched of a new weekly Indonesia - Japan Service (TS4) that links the ports of Indonesia directly with those in Japan, Taiwan and South China. The TS4 service goes on a 28 days rotation, covering the following ports: Tokyo (Japan), Yokohama (Japan), Nagoya (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Kobe (Japan), Keelung (Taiwan), Taichung (Taiwan), Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Hong Kong (China), Shekou (China), Jakarta (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Shekou (China), Hong Kong (China), Xiamen (China) and Tokyo (Japan). The first sailing will be on the TS Nagoya, which is scheduled to depart Tokyo on 23 June 2010. www.mcc.com.sg

Indonesia Halts Ships Carrying Granite to Singapore

Indonesia has detained 24 tugboats and barges carrying granite chips to Singapore, potentially threatening construction, a month after it banned all sand exports to its neighbor. Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said the 24 vessels, most of which fly the Singapore flag, were detained by Indonesian officials on Monday morning. Singapore’s construction sector is booming after years in the doldrums, although Indonesia’s ban on sand exports has worried investors that the recovery may be halted by tight sand supplies. Relations between Singapore and Indonesia have soured this year amid a diplomatic dispute over Jakarta’s decision to ban sand exports to the city state.

Pirates Attack in Philippine south Leaves 8 Dead

Armed men killed eight fishermen in what appeared to be an attack by pirates in dangerous waters in the southern Philippines, a coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday. The apparent act of piracy came as Philippine soldiers were given a six-month deadline to end Islamist militant threats, including those made on cargo ships in south, where a long-festering insurgency has been exacerbated by the growing influence of the Islamic State militant group. About two dozen sailors and tourists were taken captive by Islamist militants last year in attacks on tug boats and yachts in the Celebes and Sulu seas, raising concerns among defence officials from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines about Islamist militancy and piracy.

Indonesia Plans to Build 22 Ports

Image: PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II

Indonesia Port Corporations (IPC) or PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) II, Indonesia‚Äôs state-owned port operator is to build 22 ports in the country in the next five years for an anticipated cost of around $3.5 billion. ‚ÄúWe are targeting to build 22 ports from Belawan to Sorong within five years,‚ÄĚ Pelindo II chief executive Richard Joost Lino said. The Indonesian port projects are to be financed by cash and loans and once completed each will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.

Jokowi's Vision of Indonesia as a Maritime Power

President Joko Widodo (Courtesy: Republik Indonesia)

President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, roadmap for Indonesia as a maritime power in the Indo-Pacific region, has been lauded by the international community, with several countries offering to cooperate with the government to realize this vision, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Susilo revealed that when the President attended the APEC Summit in Beijing and the G-20 Summit in Australia leaders of top countries…

IMO Offers Support after Indonesia Ferry Accidents

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos expressed shock and sadness following the devastating news of the loss of two passenger ferries, including the Senopati Nusantara, off the coasts of Sumatra and Java, Indonesia. He said, "It was with deep regret that we learnt of the incidents last Saturday and of the heavy loss of life involved, particularly on the Senopati Nusantara. On learning of the incidents, Mitropoulos wrote to Hatta Rajasa, Minister for Transportation of Indonesia, and spoke to the Ambassador of Indonesia in London, to express sympathy and condolences and to offer IMO's assistance so that similar accidents are not repeated in the future. Mitropoulos also praised Indonesia's search and rescue efforts.

Townsville Port, IPC Sign MoU

Courtesy Port of Townsville.jpg

Northern Australia’s largest general cargo port, the Port of Townsville, will today sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) or the Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC). The agreement will be signed at the Indonesian-Australian Business Forum in Canberra, witnessed by the Australian Government’s Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, H.E. Ms Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Republic of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for Australia.

French Wheat Exports Await Indonesia Approval

French wheat exports to Indonesia are on hold as traders await the approval of a food safety agreement between the two countries, something exporters say is being delayed by Indonesia in retaliation against a French palm oil tax plan. A farm ministry official from Indonesia, the world's largest producer of palm oil, said the delay was a procedural one, and denied any link to the proposed tax. France's additional tax on palm oil, due to come into force next year, is billed as an environmental levy on a product associated with deforestation and other environmental damage. The delay to exports from the European Union's largest grain exporter was on the agenda of France's Secretary of State for Trade Matthias Fekl when he travelled to Indonesia earlier this month.

Foreign Crew/Vessels to Notify Immigration at Cilacap, Indonesia

 Cilacap

  Notice of foreign vessels and crew arriving at PTK Cabang Cilacap (the Government terminal in Cilacap) must be sent to the Immigration office at least 48 hours (2x24 hours) before arrival. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in a fine of up to (equivalent to approximately USD 4,200). Based on the above, the Appointment Letter or Notice of Vessel Arrival should be provided to the agent at least two days in advance. For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com  

Indonesia Seeks Foreign Investors for Port Expansion

Image:  Port Planning & Development Indonesia Forum

Indonesia is seeking US$7 billion in foreign investment to upgrade its ports as part of a five-year plan to improve its ports network, Finance Asia said. The plan involves modernizing existing ports and building new ones in the country, which is Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the largest archipelago in the world. Indonesia’s ports are in need of upgrade, the report said; Indonesia ranks only 53rd on the World Bank logistics performance index, below Thailand and Vietnam.

RINA Opens Indonesia Office

Classification society RINA has opened an office in Jakarta, Indonesia, to serve growing business across Indonesia. The opening ceremony had as godmother Francesca Hadinata, managing director of Jakarta-based PT Mitra Bahtera Segarasejati (MBSS), in the presence of the head of the Indonesian Administration and the Italian Ambassador.

Indonesia to Change Name of South China Sea to Natuna Sea

Photo: Indonesia Maritime Institute

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi,  has vowed to transform Indonesia, which includes 17,000 islands into a ‚Äėmaritime power‚Äô, and also includes plans to improve port infrastructure, as well as plans to fund a massive infrastructure programme, according to Bloomberg. Indonesia announced on Wednesday evening that it will seek to change the name of the South China Sea to the Natuna Sea in the area within 200 miles of its Natuna Islands, reports SCMP. Ahmad Santosa‚Ķ

Indonesia Ratifies IMO Protocols, Reminded of Others

IMO SecGen, Indonesian Ambassador: Photo credit IMO

Republic of Indonesia accedes to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), Annexes III, IV, V and VI, & the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR Convention). His Excellency Mr. T. M. Hamzah Thayeb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to IMO (the International Maritime Organization) handed over the two Instruments of Accession to IMO Secretary-General Mr. Koji Sekimizu during a visit to IMO Headquarters.


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