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Bali shipping line news After the recent news that CMA CGM and MSC will be working more closely together to maximise efficiency of freight services the two giant container shipping lines have confirmed adjustments to their schedules whilst MaerskHamburg SüdCSAV and CSCL have also seen Winter season restructuring.

In an effort to balance supply and demand during the forthcoming traditional period of weaker demand, Hamburg Süd and Maersk Line on the one hand and CMA-CGM, CSAV and CSCL on the other, have reached an agreement to adjust their services between Asia, South Africa and the East Coast of South America as from this month until next May.

Each Group is currently operating two weekly services in the trade. For the period from December 2011 through May 2012, the existing ASAS/NGX Sling 2 service will be merged with the existing ASAX/SEAS Sling 2 service. The current capacity deployed by the carriers in the ASAS/NGX Sling 1 service (Maersk and Hamburg Süd ) and ASAX/SEAS Sling 1 service (CMA CGM, CSAV, CSCL) will remain unchanged and independent. This means the ASAX/SEAS 1 which currently utilises eleven 6,500 TEU vessels will now have the same number of smaller ships each between 4,200 and 4,600 capacity. Starting vessel for this New Joint Service will be MV Cap Jackson – Shanghai – December 16th and the rotation is :

Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Hong Kong – Chiwan – Tanjung Pelepas – Singapore – Durban – Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Paranagua – Itajai – Santos – Port Elizabeth – Durban – Singapore – Hong Kong – Shanghai

Meanwhile the CMA CGM and MSC agreement means that from April 2012 the Asia-North Europe services (French Asia Line or FAL routes) will vary as follows.

FAL 1: operated by CMA CGM with 11 vessels of 13,800 – 14,000 TEU. Port rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Yantian, Vung Tau, Southampton, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Le Havre, Malta, Korfakkan, Port Kelang, Singapore, Yantian, Ningbo.

FAL 2: this service remains unchanged.

FAL 3: operated by CMA CGM with 11 vessels of 11,400 TEU. Port Rotation: Xingang, Pusan, Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Singapore, Port Kelang, Tangiers, Le Havre, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerp, Zeebrugge, Beirut, Jeddah, Port Kelang, Singapore, Xingang.

FAL 6: operated by MSC with 11 vessels of 14,000 TEU. Port Rotation: Dalian, Xingang, Kwang Yang, Pusan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Singapore, Port Kelang, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Southampton, Valencia, Jebel Ali, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dalian.

FAL 7: operated by MSC with 11 vessels of 14,000 TEU. Port rotation: Ningbo, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chiwan, Yantian, Sines, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe, Gioia Tauro, Singapore, Chiwan, Xiamen, Ningbo.

The existing agreement with Maersk Line on the Asia-Med trade will remain unchanged and final port coverage and transit times will be confirmed at a later stage as will any news regarding further rationalisation to the other FAL services.

Both MSC and CMA CGM have been at pains to stress that there new cooperation should not be viewed as any form of amalgamation with no staff being affected and no sharing of facilities. Such a move would undoubtedly set alarm bells ringing in the offices of anti trust authorities particularly those of the EU’s Competition Commissioner


Bali Shipping – Anyone who happens to be involved freight distribution and who finds themselves in Hamburg in the next few months might be interested in stopping off at the International Maritime Museum for a nostalgic look at a unique glimpse into the history of the Hamburg Südshipping group. Primarily know for container transport the company predates the origin of the ubiquitous cargo box by almost a century.

“140 Years of Hamburg Süd” celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company, founded on 4th November 1871 by eleven eminent Hamburg merchants and ship owners, by way of a host of historical paintings, posters and model ships. The highlights of the show include the original model of the museum freighter “Cap San Diego” from 1961 and a 4.5-metre-long model of the celebrated Hamburg Süd passenger liner “Cap Arcona” from Blohm + Voss. Also on display are oil paintings by the well-known marine painters Hans Ritter von Petersen, Johannes Holst and Leonhard Sandrock, as well as ship posters from the 20’s and 30’s.

The latter convey a unique impression of the glamorous era of Hamburg Süd cruises. Completing the broad sweep of the special exhibition is a film on the history of Hamburg Süd, incorporating numerous historical sequences, and an interactive sea chart showing the current location of all the shipping group’s owned vessels. Dr Ottmar Gast, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd was enthusiastic about the show saying:

“The exhibition is like a living journey through time covering the different epochs of our history. It shows the dynamic development of a shipping company that started out in 1871 with three small steamers sailing to Brazil and La Plata and today links up the continents as one of the world’s 15 largest container lines.”

The exhibition opened this week and will run until the 25thMarch 2012

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) which represents over 4 million union members associated with the transport industry has expressed fears over the safety of some reefer shipping containers following fatal accidents. In April of this year there were two incidents at a Cat Lai repair yard in the Port of Ho Chi Minh City whilst repairs were under way on Maersk Linereefer boxes followed by another death in Itajai ,Brazil last month.

Maersk tell us that investigations so far lead them to conclude that the three explosions have been caused by a contaminated refrigerant being injected into the cooling system. Incorrect repair processes and procedures would not be able to cause these explosions. Until the exact reason for the incidents is known and a safe repair method has been developed, Maersk Line will continue to ground all reefers that have had a gas repair in Vietnam since the 1st February. This is being done as a precautionary measure the total number of units being involved is 844 whilst the Danish group operate 230,000 reefers in total. Hutchison Ports has also advised its customers to check any containers serviced or repaired in Vietnam recently and there are reports of another similar accident in China earlier this year.

Maersk are in possession of samples from the unit that exploded in Itajai as well as gas samples from containers they have grounded and that have had gas repairs done in Vietnam. Unions are calling for full investigation into the causes and scope of the problem and ITF representative Frank Leys said the unions were pleased to see that big shipping lines like Maersk had reacted so quickly to deal with the situation and urged the US union organisations to ensure companies operating from there acted equally promptly to alleviate any risk. Mr Leys, the ITF dockers’ section secretary continued:

“Where there are possibly contaminated containers still at large, we are calling on port authorities and shipping companies to issue clear guidance on how they should be handled. The health and safety of workers is paramount and in no instance should commercial or productivity issues be allowed to supersede the welfare of workers.”

Seafarers’ section secretary Jon Whitlow added:

“We are extremely concerned for the welfare of those workers on ships who may be unaware that a defective container is being carried on board. Although we acknowledge that the maritime community is moving fast to provide the necessary information and advice on how to handle the contaminated containers in ports, we hope the same approach and priority is given to adequately inform the on board safety officers in order to protect the integrity of seafarers and ships.

“Whilst of course the explosion of a container ashore is a tragic event, we think that a similar explosion on board a vessel could have potentially catastrophic effects on workers, ships and the environment.”

Authorities in Vietnam tell us within weeks Tan Cang will begin verifying the gas quality with a specialist machine before recharging reefer containers. Last week neighbouring Cat Lai port held a meeting to review the situation and the implications for the trade in container repairs and inspections which local sources estimate will cost them up to $20 per box if standard checks are farmed out to other ports en route. A statement said that port bosses agreed to allow the shipping lines to appoint a suitable foreign inspector to oversee repair and inspection procedures.

Vietnam has long provided the essential pre trip inspections (PTI’s) required by refrigerated units. Each reefer is subject to either a 20 minute check which is suitable for empty or loaded containers or an extended test which normally takes around 3 hours and is only suitable for empty boxes. In each case the control system for the fridge unit is checked and that there are no odours, gas leaks etc plus the box is clean and trip worthy

Bali Cargo – Kapal pesiar MS Amsterdam yang mengangkut 1.054 wisatawan mancanegara dengan rute kunjungan keliling dunia, lego jangkar di perairan Pelabuhan Tanah Ampo, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali.

“Kapal pesiar MS Amsterdam tersebut lego jangkar di Pelabuhan Tanah Ampo pada Jumat (4/11) dengan mengangkut wisatawan mancanegara,” kata Kepala Dinas Perhubungan, Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Karangasem Ida Bagus Putu Swastika melalui siaran pers yang diterima ANTARA di Denpasar, Sabtu.

Ia mengatakan, untuk mengoptimalkan penggarapan wisatawan kapal pesiar, pihaknya kini terus melakukan pembenahan, baik di pelabuhan pesiar yang sedang dibangun maupun pranata lain di semua objek daerah tujuan wisata (ODTW) sebagai bagian penting rantai kunjungan wisatawan sesuai konsep “Sapta Pesona”.


Kendati dermaga pesiar di daerah itu belum rampung sepenuhnya, kata dia, namun kapal pesiar terus berdatangan di Pelabuhan Tanah Ampo.

“Menyangkut kesiapan penyambutan kedatangan kapal telah dilakukan koordinasi sebelumnya, antara pihak yang terlibat sehingga dapat diminimalisir adanya kekurangan atau kelemahan,” katanya.

Dikatakan, selama delapan jam kunjungannya di Bali, agen wisata dari destinasi Asia mengajak wisatawan tersebut tur ke sejumlah objek wisata, antara lain ke Kintamani (Bangli) dan Pura Besakih dengan mengerahkan sekitar 28 bus pariwisata.

Saat wisatawan menginjakkan kakinya di pelabuhan tersebut melalui dermaga sekoci, dilakukan penyambutan dengan Tari Panyembrahma diiringi Sekaa Gong dari Tanah Ampo, Manggis.

Aziz, seorang Manajer Cruise Volendam mengaku, dermaga Tanah Ampo lebih bagus dibandingkan dermaga yang ada di Meksiko, sebab di Bali ini memiliki panorama indah serta budaya yang cukup unik.

Penyelesaian dermaga Tanah Ampo yang sudah menjadi salah satu destinasi kapal pesiar dunia sangat ditunggu-tunggu sehingga ke depan bisa menjadi seperti di Hawaii.

Untuk itu hendaknya diperhatikan kebersihan pantai dan kenyamanan dermaga dengan tetap mempertahankan kekhasan alam lingkungan yang menarik.

Sementara itu, I Ketut Sumitra seorang manager restoran asal Klungkung mengaku terkesan dengan pelabuhan dermaga kapal pesiar Tanah Ampo.

Ia mengharap pemerintah serius mengelola dan mengembangkan dermaga Tanah Ampo yang memiliki prospek cerah ke depan.

“Saya selama 14 tahun sebagai pekerja kapal pesiar sudah berkeliling dunia melihat dari dekat setiap pelabuhan yang disinggahi. Namun pelabuhan ini tidak kalah dengan yang ada di negara lain. Untuk itu kekhasan Pelabuhan Tanah Ampo harus dapat diciptakan agar tidak sama dengan di negara lain,” katanya.

Informasi dari petugas Pelni menyebutkan Kapal Pesiar MS Amsterdam memiliki bobot mati 62.735 GT dengan panjang 209,10 meter, lebar 32,25 meter dengan jumlah kru mencapai 674 orang.

Di antaranya 275 orang adalah pekerja kapal asal Indonesia termasuk Bali dan 379 orang merupakan orang asing, di bawah kendali kapten kapal Wilhelmus Ferdinand Everson.

GREECE – The Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has announced that its members are on strike until 0600 local time Wednesday the 19th of October. During this period no ships will be allowed to set sail from any Greek port or harbour.

The Federation is demanding that seamen’s pensions and social insurance fund continue to receive state funding and that current benefits be maintained, as well as security for Greek seamen’s jobs, improvements in training and action against unemployment. It also wants the ship owners to re-enter national collective bargaining negotiations so that wages can be upgraded.

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