Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
DP World and Indonesia
It was announced from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 July that two preliminary agreements between global trade enabler DP World and Indonesia’s leading conglomerate Maspion Group were signed to create a US$ 1.2 billion container port and industrial logistics park in East Java.
This exchange of agreements was witnessed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia. Also present at the signing ceremony were the Indonesian Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Mrs Rini Soewarno. (See illustration here kindly provided by DP World ©DPW).
Reports indicate that this is the first joint venture of its kind in the Indonesian transport sector involving a private sector partnership between an FDI partner and a private sector Indonesian company in Maspion, within the context of co-operation in maritime services with the state-owned maritime services operator Pelindo III.
It is understood that two term sheet agreements aim to create a modern, integrated container terminal and industrial logistics park that is expected to play a vital role as a trade gateway for Eastern Java. Included in the agreement is cooperation in setting up Maspion International Container Port in Gresik, East Java, with an investment of US$1.2 billion and three million TEUs of capacity using electric power in its operations to help cut carbon emissions.
An integrated 360 hectare industrial and logistics park could also provide a world class trade environment for Indonesian and international businesses to help drive economic growth and job creation.
The project is expected to break ground later this year and commercial operations are being planned for the first half of 2022. The vision is to support East Java’s infrastructure as part of President Joko Widodo’s programme to accelerate economic growth.
Of the event Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, commented: ‘This partnership will be a major addition to our global portfolio and a new step in our ongoing expansion. It will also enhance our continuing commitment to Indonesia, one of the most important world economies.
‘Our business model and vision are aligned with President Jokowi’s commitment to continue his infrastructure focus and to make sure it is interconnected. We believe it will further consolidate the excellent relations between the UAE, the Indonesian government and Pelindo 3 and take DP World’s presence in the country to a new level.’
DP World ended its concession agreement with Pelindo 3 at the Surabaya Container Terminal in April 2019. The new agreements confirm a long-term strategic partnership in the economic development of the country which has been growing rapidly in recent years. Indonesia has the fastest rate of growth in electronic retail in South East Asia.
Dr Alim Markus, President Director and CEO of Maspion Group reflected: ‘This collaboration is a major development for the two groups, and a new step in Maspion Group’s ongoing expansion.’
DP World 2019 Q2 growth
On 23 July DP World PLC reported that it had handled 35.8 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first half of 2019, with gross container volumes growing by 0.5% year-on-year on a reported basis and 0.5% on a like-for-like basis.
Strong performance across the Asia-Pacific region, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa drove growth in Q2 of 2019, but weaker volumes in the UAE and Australia offset this trend.
At a consolidated level, DPW’s terminals handled 19.5 million TEU during the first half of 2019. Consolidated volumes in Q2 of 2019 grew by 10.6% on a reported basis but were down 0.6% on a like-for-like basis. The strong reported growth in Americas and Australia regions is due to the consolidation of Australia and acquisition of Pulogsa which consists of two terminals in Chile.
On 19 February the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports.
The publication of this position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), taking place in Brussels from 17 February. In the framework of the ESW, ESPO and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) organised on 19 February a workshop on Decarbonising the shipping industry: What’s already happening and how can we help accelerate it?
The Executive Summary of the ESPO Position Paper reads as follows:
Following reports received regarding the impacts on the shipping industry of the sudden and rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), IMO issued a Circular Letter* on 19 February advising Member States and others on implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO Instruments.
The letter urges Flag State authorities, port State authorities and control regimes, companies and ship masters to cooperate, in the current context of the outbreak, to ensure that, where appropriate, passengers can be embarked and disembarked, cargo operations can occur, ships can enter and depart ship yards for repair and survey, stores and supplies can be loaded, certificates can be issued and crews can be exchanged.
The principles of avoiding unnecessary restrictions or delay on port entry to ships, persons and property on board are contained in articles I and V and section 6 of the annex to IMO’s Facilitation Convention.
IMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.