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PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) recently
inaugurated the second stage of its expansion programme.
The inauguration ceremony was held at the terminal’s new
container yard. It was attended by the Indonesian Trade Minister
Mari Elka Pangestu, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group
Managing Director John Meredith, and PT (Persero) Pelabuhan
Indonesia II (Pelindo II) President Director Richard J Lino.
The investments that JICT has made this year have increased
its handling capacity to 2.5 million TEU compared with 1.5
million TEU ten years ago. Further investment in the future will
increase JICT’s capacity to over three million TEUs.
“As the biggest archipelago in the world, sea transportation is
a vital sector in Indonesia’s international trade and
transportation,” the Minister for Trade, Mrs Mari Elka Pangestu
said in her speech at the inauguration.
“Therefore, in the future, Indonesia must have international
standard ports to ensure Indonesia’s export competitiveness
through the continuous improvement of infrastructure, human
resource quality and technology, as well as customer services.”
(Left to right) Richard Lino, President Director of Pelindo II; Mari Pangetsu,
Indonesian Minister for Trade; John Meredith, Group Managing Director,
HPH; Derek Pierson, President Director of JICT
JICT inaugurates the second stage of its expansion programme
French shipping company CMA CGM has launched a new
regular weekly service, the “French Europe Med Express”
(FEMEX), between northern Europe, Greece and Turkey.
With the departure of the ‘As Scotia’ on June 1, the 35-day
service will call at the Greek ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki as
well as Istanbul, Gebze, Gemlik and Izmir in Turkey.
Built by the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, the ship
is 188.5 metres long and 26.5 metres at the beam. It has a slot
capacity of 1,700TEU as well as 250 connection points for reefers.
With a load capacity of 25,050 tonnes, the ship has a
maximum draught of 10.5 metres and a service speed of 22 knots.
Five ships in all, with a slot capacity averaging 1,700TEU, are
being used for the FEMEX service.
CMA CGM launches FEMEX ser vice
The CMA CGM ship ‘As Scotia’s’ recent departure inaugurated the new
Tokyo’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has
announced a new direct service from
Vietnam to the US west coast ports of
Los Angeles and Oakland via its Pacific
Southwest Express (PSX) service.
“By providing this direct line-haul
service, customers can be confident that
their cargo will be moved quickly and
economically, without concern for
feeder misconnections,” said Richard
Hiller, Vice President Transpacific Trade,
The service will increase MOL’s direct
coverage of key ports in Asia as well as US
According to company officials, the
use of Vietnam’s Tan Cang Cai Mep
Terminal will help MOL to offer
efficient, reliableservice to its customers
in the growing economic region.
On the westbound leg, the ‘MOL
Premium’ will be the first to sail
from Cai Mep in Vietnam on June 4.
The rotations will be Cai Mep –
Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Yantian – Los
Angeles – Oakland – Tokyo – Xiamen –
Shenzhen – Dachan Bay – Hong Kong –
Transit time from Cai Mep to Los
Angeles will be 16 days.
MOL launches Vietnam-US west coast ser vice
The service will connect Vietnam to the US west
coast ports of Los Angeles and Oakland
Denmark-based Maersk Line has pushed
back the introduction of a general rate
increase in the North America to
Mediterranean and North African trade
from June 15 to July 1.
Maersk said it would also begin
increasing rates on inland haulage in
coming months to ensure its costs were
“We have delayed the increase to
coincide with the change in Bunker
Adjustment Factor (BAF), also scheduled
for July 1,” said a statement issued by
Maersk. “By combining the rate increase
and the BAF into a single event, we
simplify tariff and contract maintenance,
reducing complexity for our customers.
The new amounts of the BAF surcharge
will be communicated separately.”
The rate increases will be US$120 per
TEU and US$200 per FEU and high cube
“This increase is also a reflection of
market developments that have created
equipment shortages in some regions and
delays onshore, as well as the tightening
of available ocean capacity. This rate
increase is necessary to continue to
operate our services with the high level of
reliability our customers have come to
expect from Maersk Line,” the company
The increase applies from all origin
points in the US and Canada to all
destinations in the Mediterranean and
North Africa. The increase applies to dry
Maersk Line delays US to Africa rate hike
Maersk will roll out increases to coincide with
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