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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Philippines-Indonesia Shipping Route Soon

Photo: Department of Transportation - DOTr Philippines

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced plans to open a shorter shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia, a move meant to strengthen trade relations between the two neighboring countries, reported  Manila Times. The maiden voyage scheduled on April 28 will originate from Davao City, the hometown of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Agricultural products will be among the first batches of cargo to be transported on the new shipping route, the trade department said.

Philippines: Japan Offers Anti-Piracy Help

Japan has offered to send patrol ships to deal with a growing piracy threat in the southern Philippine waters bordering Indonesia and Malaysia, a senior Philippine defence official said on Tuesday. A surge in piracy off parts of the southern Philippines is forcing ship-owners to divert vessels through other waters, pushing up costs and shipping times. Dozens of sailors have been taken captive by Abu Sayyaf. Japanese vice minister Ro Manabe offered the assistance at a meeting in Tokyo on Friday and expressed readiness to contribute to efforts by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia "in addressing piracy and terrorism", said Raymund Quilop, assistant defence minister for assessments and international affairs.

Indonesia Port Disruptions Cause Coal Delays

File Image (Credit: BSM)

Loading disruptions at ports in East and South Kalimantan on the Indonesian side of Borneo island are causing a coal supply shortage in one of the world's most important export regions, causing delays as ships wait to take on new cargoes. Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon and port loading schedules seen by Reuters show 136 ships were offshore Indonesia as of Feb. 6, waiting to take on coal. The affected coal ports and anchorage zones include Samarinda in the province of East Kalimantan and Taboneo, near the capital of South Kalimantan, Banjarmasin, on the island's southern coast.

LR Tankers Taken for Gasoline Storage in Asia

Image: OFE

Singapore gasoline cracks have averaged $10.72/bbl in February so far, down by 12 percent y-o-y but still relatively firm. Robust demand from the Middle East and intra-Asia as well as a flurry of both planned and unplanned refinery outages have been supporting gasoline cracks. ADNOC recently bought nine 27 kt cargoes over March-April delivery as its 127 kb/d RFCC remains shut from a fire. The shutdown of Pertamina’s 125 kb/d Balongan refinery and TPPI’s reformer in Tuban also led to firm buying from Indonesia, Asia’s largest gasoline importer.

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.

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.

Aframaxes Taken for Short-term Time Charters in Asia

File photo: Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company

The Asian Aframax market is currently stable but seems to be facing a more positive outlook on the back of short-term time charters as well as an increase in third decade cargoes. Rates for an Indonesia/Japan run basis 80 kt are hovering around w100 to w102.5, while rates for the AG/East route basis 80 kt stand at w115. Reflecting firmer owner sentiment, TD14 inched up steadily w-o-w to w100.78 which translates into daily earnings of around $8,700/day. At least three Aframaxes…

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…

BlueTide Adds Ku-Band Coverage in Australia

BlueTide Communications (BlueTide) announced it has added Ku-band VSAT service to cover Australia extending north to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. This allows the company to serve broader maritime regions where global shipping and oil & gas companies operate. With the need for connectivity growing due to crew usage, systems monitoring and automation, BlueTide’s VSAT plans are a natural fit with unlimited data and voice at a flat monthly fee. In addition to standard VSAT communications, BlueTide provides a broad and complete suite of application and IT services to ensure efficient and effective connectivity, email, FTP and other managed services.

Damen: First SIGMA PKR frigate for Indonesian Navy

SIGMA 10514 PKR frigate Photo Damen

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has handed over the first SIGMA 10514 PerusakKawalRudal(PKR) frigate to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, on schedule and on budget. The ceremony took place at the PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya where the vessel was assembled. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence awarded the contract to Damen as main contractor for the construction of the first SIGMA 10514 PKR in December 2012. On receiving the ship, named the RadenEddyMartadinata after one of the founders of the Indonesian Navy, the Ministry handed it on to the Navy.

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.

NYK Carrier Rescues Fishermen in Distress off Indonesia

Photo: NYK Line

Kurushima, a bulk carrier operated by NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK Line, rescued nine people from a fishing boat in distress on August 31 off the coast of Indonesia. While Kurushima was sailing from India to Japan, the vessel’s crew came upon a sinking fishing boat with nine castaways approximately 1 nautical mile from the vessel in waters off the coast of Indonesia. The vessel made the rescue immediately and provided the fishermen with food…

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 Seeks Buyers for LNG Cargoes

Photo:  SKKMIGAS

According to a report in Reuters, Indonesia is seeking buyers for "three to four" uncommitted liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes from its Bontang refinery operated by state energy company Pertamina in 2016. "If there's a domestic buyer that wants them we'll prioritise them for domestic use," SKKMigas vice president of gas commercialisation Sampe L. Purba told reporters, noting that these were the country's only uncommitted cargoes for 2016. Indonesia is expected to consume 60 LNG cargoes in 2016, Purba said, 80 percent of which will be used to generate electricity.

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