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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Preparing for BWM Convention Implementation

Photo: International Maritime Organization

Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Ballast Water Management Convention. The treaty will enter into force on 8 September 2017 and aims to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water. A regional workshop in Surabaya, Indonesia (2-5 May) provided participants from 10 countries with theoretical and practical training in compliance…

Malaysian Navy Boat, Nine Crew Missing

Nine crew members of a Malaysian navy boat are missing after they lost contact with their parent ship while chasing away intruding fishermen, the navy said on Monday. The nine were part of a boarding team from the warship KD Perdana, on patrol off the south coast, the Royal Malaysian Navy said in a statement. The team was chasing several foreign fishing boats out of Malaysian waters when contact was lost on Saturday evening. A search-and-rescue operation was launched about an hour later, after the KD Perdana failed to find the boat, the navy said. Eleven ships and two aircraft had been deployed for the search, it said. Southern Malaysian waterways, which border Indonesia and Singapore, include busy international shipping lanes and rich fishing grounds.

Strike to Disrupt Operations at Jakarta's Main Port

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A union workers' strike next week is expected to disrupt shipping operations at Jakarta's main port, which handles the bulk of international shipments for Southeast Asia's biggest economy, a labour union official said. Around 2,000 union members are expected to go on strike from May 15-20 at the Tanjung Priok port to protest against an affiliate of Hutchinson Ports, which the union says is bad for the country and for workers' rights. "We are going all out in (next week's) strike…

India, Indonesia Commence Co-ordinated Patrol

Photo:  Indian Navy

The 29th series of India‚ÄďIndonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 09 ‚Äď 25 May 2017 with the opening ceremony being conducted from 09 -12 May 2017 at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command. The Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Sutedi Senoputra has arrived at Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to mark the commencement of the 29th series of IND‚ÄďINDO CORPAT today. An Indonesian Maritime Patrol Aircraft also flew in with the Indonesian Naval delegation led by First Admiral Bambang Irwanto to INS Utkrosh, Port Blair.

BP to supply LNG to Indonesia

Photo: BP

BP has signed an agreement with Indonesian state-owned power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to supply 16 LNG cargoes annually from Tangguh project during the period 2020 to 2035, Reuters reported. The Indonesian oil and gas regulator SKKMigas said that the supply will be directed to different destinations so that PLN can use it for various power plants in Indonesia. The government is expected to get $5 billion in revenue from LNG sales during the period of the contracts, said SKKMigas chief Amien Sunaryadi in a statement.

Indonesia-Philippines RoRo Service Up

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday launched a ferry route that will connect the two countries. The Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll on/roll off shipping service from Mindanao to North Sulawesi, Indonesia at the Sasa port in Davao City is launched in a bid to further boost trade in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. According to local media reports, the vessel sailed off for the Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route with initial 50 containers, five of which are flour cargoes produced by Pilmico Foods Corp. This new route will shorten shipping lead time from five weeks to two and a half days, Jakarta Globe reported Jokowi as saying.

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.

Japan, Indonesia to Strengthen Maritime Ties

Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office, Japan

Indonesia and Japan have agreed to step up maritime security and start discussions on a major railway project to link the Southeast Asian nation's capital and second-biggest city, reported Reuters. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a visit to Indonesia that the two Island nations would bolster their cooperation in maritime security and military affairs. "As a fellow maritime country, Japan is prioritizing maritime cooperation with Indonesia. Japan is encouraging active…

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

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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  

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…

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.

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

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