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Issue 6 2012


///NEWS


Indonesia to develop “world’s largest” port community system


Logistics information provider Soget and and Microsoſt are to implement what is described as the largest port community system in the world for the Indonesia Port Corporation. The Inaportnet (Indonesia Port Net) system will initially be deployed in Jakarta, but it will be expanded to other other locations in in the largest archipelago in the world, with 17,508 islands and 111 commercial and 614 non-commercial ports. Improving the quality of its


national supply chain has been one of the priorities of the Indonesian Government since the Port Reform of 2008. It also wants to make the sector more transparent, with a clear separation of regulatory and port operating functions. The country’s vice president transportation,


of Bambang


Susantono said: “Enhancing connectivity will undoubtedly improve logistics performance and increase Indonesian economic competitiveness” while IPC chief executive officer RJ Lino, CEO added: “Connectivity established


Soget has been working with


Microsoſt on developing of what it describes as the next generation of port community systems. Frank McCosker, managing director of Microsoſt global strategic accounts,


explained: “With the


New system will be at all major ports


by the port community system will speed up the integration of trade at both domestic and international levels and accelerate Indonesia’s economic development by improving its logistics performance and competitiveness.”


increasingly complex demands of global trade, and mounting pressure on ports across the world to effectively manage both security concerns and facilitate trade, there has never been a more pressing need for an open, integrated and innovative solution for the e-maritime industry. Based on the most advanced Microsoſt technology, SOGET’s Port Single Window makes multimodal transport greener, cheaper, more competitive and transparent by standardising core functional processes, facilitating business


Shipping line buys land transport specialist


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has acquired a 60% stake in out- of-gauge transport specialist Abnormal Load Services. ALS will become an integrated part of WWL, adopting the name Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Abnormal Load Services (WWL ALS). WWL said the creation of WWL ALS “closes an important network


gap” and would offer “consistent and competitive transport and distribution solutions for high and heavy wheeled and tracked equipment such as agricultural and construction machinery.” Erik Noeklebye, WWL head


of region Europe, added: “Today OEMs are forced to look at the supply chain in a fragmented


fashion due to a lack of integrated service providers. Ocean transport, land transport, technical services and plant handling are oſten contracted separately, forcing the OEM to involve a lot of resources to manage a fragmented supply chain, driving costs up and quality down. Through WWL ALS, we will be able to offer these customers


seamless finished vehicle logistics solutions


with one customer


interface and a global presence.” ALS operates as a third- and


fourth-party logistics provider in the abnormal transport sector. Although the holding company is Netherlands owned, its head office is based in Hull in the UK.


Sheerness to bounce back


The port of Sheerness in Kent has bounced back from its disappointment that Danish wind turbine firm Vestas’ decision not


to go ahead with a major


manufacturing plant. Swale Borough Council has approved the Peel Ports-owned harbour’s planning application for the development of a Wind Turbine Manufacturing facility. In 2011, Vestas negotiated


a twelve-month option with Peel Ports to construct a major manufacturing plant at Sheerness, which would have employed around 2,400 people but in the event chose not to proceed. However, Peel Ports says that the


inherent strengths of their site will be attractive to other major players and revealed that it had been in confidential discussions with several blue-chip international manufacturers. The port “is ready to invest significant capital into improving the infrastructure of the site and is confident of finding a turbine manufacturer and ancillary users,” Peel added. Gary Parkinson, managing


director at the Medway Ports said: “The Vestas decision was disappointing but had nothing to do with the suitability of the site at the Port of Sheerness. Our discussions with leaders in offshore energy and renewables as


well as with the Government and local authorities have reinforced our conviction that this is a perfect site for manufacture of wind turbines and related activities. “The site covers 70 hectares


and the planning consent will enable us to upgrade the marine infrastructure and provide berths with up to 100tonnes per sq metre load bearing capacity as well as providing outline planning permission for 175,450sqm of buildings with eaves height to 35m. We believe that these benefits will attract a manufacturer to the site as international business confidence improves and government policies on feed-


in tariffs and other issues are clarified.” He also praised the support he


had received from local councils, MPs, Thames


Partnership and Locate in Kent.


Steel shipments reborn


SSI UK has exported its millionth tonne of steel slab through PD Ports-owned Teesport


since it


reopened a local plant mothballed in 2010. The cargo was loaded on to the Yasa Eagle on 5 October as part of a 64,000 tonne shipment, destined for Thailand, SSI’s home country.


Gateway Kent


networking, improving knowledge, and dealing with all stakeholders.” Soget, which provides


community systems at about a dozen French ports, including Le Havre, has identified overseas markets as a promising growth area. In its international growth plan, unveiled on 11 October, it planned to “promote the development of port communities on the five continents and to double in size within three years.” In an interview with FBJ, director


of corporate development, Pascal Ollivier,


said the World Bank


and International Monetary Fund were putting pressure on countries to improve their logistics and cargo-processing times. While physical port infrastructure has been greatly improved in many developing countries, clearing


and processing cargo can still take several days, if not weeks. In Indonesia, “the Port


Corporation took a lead and became a ‘champion’ in implementation of the new port community system, which is due to go live in October 2012” he said. Indonesia handles an estimated one billion tonnes of cargo inbound and outbound every year, and at present there is very little information available on what is moving in or out of the country. Initially, the PCS will focus on


Jakarta, which handles around half the container trade and will then be rolled out to about 25 other major ports. It would probably take around three years before PCS was operating at all the country’s major commercial ports, Ollivier said.


Lines cut Asia capacity


Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line have cut three of the 13 voyages scheduled from October to December from their


joint CUS (China-UK


Express) and CEM (China-Europe- Mediterranean) service. The move equates to a 23% capacity said the carriers. The cancelled sailings are in weeks 41, 44 and 49. The port rotation is Shanghai - Ningbo - Yantian - Hong Kong - Felixstowe - Hamburg - Rotterdam - Hong Kong – Shanghai. The lines added that they are


considering further capacity reduction on this service depending on market demand - more details will be announced later. Meanwhile, Hanjin Shipping, a


member of the CKYH Green Alliance has reduced its Asia-North Europe routes from nine to eight loops, an


overall capacity cut of 13%, from the Middle of October as part of its winter program. Earlier, Maersk Line said it would


temporarily suspend its AE9 service from Chinese ports to Europe – including Felixstowe - until early December. It is part of a programme of capacity reductions that also sees the AE5 service from Asia to the Mediterranean permanently withdrawn. The G6 Alliance of container lines


- APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai, Mitsui O.S.K, NYK and OOCL – also said it would temporarily suspend its Loop 3 service between the Far East and Europe until further notice to cover for winter vessel maintenance. It added that it would “monitor the market closely” before deciding when to resume the service.


More shipping dawn raids


EU inspectors have made surprise checks on a number of shipping operators in several EU countries on 9 September as part of an international probe into suspected cartels, said the European Commission. According to a statement, officials


made “unannounced inspections at the premises of several providers of maritime transport services for cars and construction and agricultural rolling machinery”. The operation took place in


coordination with US and Japanese authorities, the statement added. Officials believed that the


companies may have been involved in cartels and restrictive business practices


in


of EU law, said the Commission. But


violation it added: “The fact that the


European Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour; nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself.”


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