Monday, October 31, 2011

Finally, the Government of INDONESIA Bans Export of Raw RATTAN Materials


To encourage the competitiveness of the national rattan processing industry, the Indonesia government finally decided to ban export of raw rattan materials. Prohibition of export of rattan raw materials was also conducted in an effort to increase the added value and increase domestic employment, as well as stop the exploitation of natural resources rattan.

Minister of Industry Mohamad S Hidayat said prohibition of export of rattan raw materials are expected to revive the industrial centers such as Cirebon rattan, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

"We will push the domestic rattan processing activities that will not be exported rattan raw materials, instead of processed rattan products of high added value," said Hidayat.

He said, the export of rattan raw materials for this cause sluggishness in the domestic rattan industry. Because the price of goods from the importing countries of Indonesia rattan raw material is much cheaper.

"Exports of rattan raw materials had been encouraging the development of the rattan industry competitor countries that do not have a source of raw materials of rattan and vice versa the domestic rattan industry actually further decline."


Friday, October 28, 2011

SINGAPORE AIRLINES launches twice-weekly FREIGHTER services to FRANKFURT


Singapore Airlines Cargo will commence twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter services to Frankfurt from November 2, 2011 to complement cargo capacity on its twice-daily passenger flights between Singapore and Frankfurt to meet demand for the city's major exports of machinery and automobile parts.

"These services are in line with our policy of matching capacity with demand. The freighter services to Frankfurt will give our customers more choice of flights to choose from and will play an important role in expanding two-way trade links with key markets in Asia and Europe," said senior vice president Tan Tiow Kor.

The flight SQ7382 will depart on Wednesday from Singapore at 1910 hrs, arrive in Bengaluru at 2100 hrs, depart 2255 hrs, arrive in Sharjah at 0130 hrs, depart 0225 hrs, arrive in Frankfurt 06:15 hrs.

On Thursdays flight SQ7381 will depart Frankfurt at 0850 hrs, arrive at Sharjah at 1750 hrs, depart 1900 hrs for arrival in Singapore at 0610 hrs. On Saturdays flight SQ7384 will depart from Singapore at 2305 hrs, arrive in Chennai at 0045 hrs, depart at 0245 hrs, arrive in Sharjah at 0535, depart 0635 hrs with arrival in Frankfurt at 1025 hrs.

On Sundays flight SQ7383 will depart Frankfurt at 1415 hrs, arrive in Sharjah 2315 hrs, depart 0025 hrs to arrive Singapore 1135 hrs.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

BUSINESS potential of INDONESIA cargo sea transport is still large


Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) to project the growth of Indonesia sea freight cargo will reach one billion tons in 2015.

Chairman of Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA), Carmelita Hartoto said, referring to predictions of the projected growth of sea freight cargo  is an average of 7% per year.

Throughout last year Indonesia marine cargo transportation, both domestic and international reach 876.2 million tons. While at this year's Indonesia cargo sea transportation reached an estimated 937.5 million tons.

To achieve the above growth was indeed there is a concern because the impact of the economic crisis that hit Europe and the United States (U.S.). "So reach 1 billion tons of it indeed is a challenge," she said.

For that she hoped that the government would provide support in sea freight transportation. "We want that the government should also support such as for example in terms of taxation and tender," said Carmelita. For example, in terms of taxation, they asked the government to speed up the elimination of value-added tax (VAT) 10% to the national ship. Governments must also ensure the security of shipping with the formation of Coast Guard as soon as possible.

Carmenita also expressed at least until 2020 INSA will increase market share in the national ship overseas shipping sector to 20%. "We will take market share abroad. Figure it will try our passions," said Carmelita. In addition to the need for cooperation of government there are also some things that still be a challenge to reach those targets. Like, sailors deficit in the hundreds of thousands of people, the lack of a national vessel to serve overseas shipping, up to the readiness of special ships in the upstream oil and gas sector.

According to her, the need for Indonesia offshore vessels to serve the unmet needs of offshore oil there are still about 80 units. Procurement continues to be pursued fulfilled until 2015. "Fleet that unmet are heavy ships such as for offshore oil drilling because it was expensive," said Carmelita.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

INDONESIA fish EXPORT target to non-traditional markets INCREASED to 25% in 2012


Indonesia fish export target in 2012. Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) began looking for other fishery products export markets besides the U.S., EU and Japan, after these countries are experiencing an economic slowdown.

During this, around 90% of Indonesia fishery exports is going to these three countries.

In a meeting with House Commission IV, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries said one of their programs in the future is to export re-orientation. Share of fish exports to US, EU and Japan countries will be transferred to other potential markets such as China, Middle East and Africa which are currently only about 10% to 25%.

"The next year of fishery exports of U.S. $ 3.8 billion expected to export into these new markets," said Director General of Processing and Marketing of Fishery Products (P2HP), Victor Nikijuluw.

The entire continent of Africa are a potential market because although purchasing power is still low, the volumes are quite promising. Moreover, the market is absorbing processed fish products from Indonesia.

"The purchasing power is low but it fits with our products. For example 90% of our sardines, canned fish we are marketed to Africa and the Middle East," said Victor.

However, Victor said Indonesias fishing industry exports to traditional markets such as Western Europe, Japan and the U.S. will continue to be maintained. For these markets most of the exported commodities are fresh fish and shrimp. In 2011, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries set of Indonesia target fish exports reached U.S. $ 3.2 billion.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MSC joins CSAV/CMA Asia-west coast South America service


MSC joins CSAV/CMA Asia-West coast South America service. CSAV and CMA CGM have merged a service connecting Asia and the west coast of South America with a Mediterranean Shipping Co service, according to CMA CGM and research from American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data.

The move effectively means MSC has reformed its Andes Express service and merged it with CSAV and CMA CGM's Andex 1 loop, with MSC to eventually provide eight of the 11 ships in operation on the service. CSAV will provide two vessels and CMA CGM the other, with an average vessel capacity of 8,500 TEU, according to ComPair Data.

The rotation of the merged service, which is unchanged, is Chiwan, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Manzanillo (Mexico), Balboa, Callao, Iquique, San Antonio, San Vicente, San Antonio, Callao, Balboa, Manzanillo, Shanghai, Keelung and Chiwan.

Meanwhile, according to ComPair Data many of the vessel deployed by MSC will remain on Andex loop 1.

The Andex 2 loop will have a revised rotation of Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Chiwan, Busan, Manzanillo (Mexico), Lazaro Cardenas, Balboa, Buenaventura, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Yokohama and back to Xingang. The new rotation Asia-West coast South America service add a second, westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas, and a call at Balboa, while dropping calls at Puerto Quetzal and Guayaquil.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

IMPORT of FOOD and BEVERAGES from MALAYSIA increase 67.73%


Malaysian entrepreneurs more incentive to go to Indonesia. Besides investing in oil palm plantations, Malaysia food and beverage entrepreneurs also aggressively market their products to Indonesia. This also causes a food and beverage imports from Malaysia increased rapidly.

Data from the surveyor who prepared by the Indonesian Employers Association(Apindo) mentions, food and beverage products imported from Malaysia during January to September 2011 reached U.S. $ 43.12 million. Its value soared 67.7% from the same period in 2010.

Instead, the value of imports during the first nine months of this year already passed the total value of imports of food and beverages from Malaysia last year amounted to U.S. $ 36.56 million. In fact, Malaysia controls 24% of total food imports of Indonesia. It also makes Malaysia as the largest food and beverage exporting country to Indonesia.

Chairman of the Indonesian Food and Beverage Industry Association (Gapmmi) Adhi S. Lukman said, the surge in imports of Malaysian food is quite alarming. Imports from Malaysia easier because of its location near the entrance. More over, the food tastes of the two countries was almost the same. "The Malaysian government also strongly supports the industry by subsidizing sugar and fuel," said Adhi.

Food and beverage products imported from Malaysia are snacks, chocolate, coconut milk, milk, and soft drinks. Besides Malaysia, the imports from Vietnam, although still small should also be wary of. Throughout January-September 2011, drinks food imports from Vietnam reached U.S. $ 2.21 million or an increase of 551.85%. According to Adhi, Vietnam want to emulate Singapore, although a small country but its trade forward.

Total value of imports of food and beverages from around the country that recorded during the nine month U.S. $ 176.07 million. That figure is up 16.15% from the same period of 2010.

Imports are dominated by countries in the ASEAN region whose value reached U.S. $ 85.83 million or an increase of 28.32%. While imports from China amounted to U.S. $ 23.56 million. The value of imports from China rose 5.26%, but the portions of the total imports decreased from 14.76% to 13.37%.

Deputy Secretary General Apindo Franky Sibarani said, the increase in imports from countries in the ASEAN region, especially Malaysia into a separate warning for Indonesia prior to entering the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. "Let us not only used for 50% of the ASEAN market in Indonesia," he said.

Actually, imported products on the market far larger than officially recorded data import. Franky said, illegal food imports could reach double the official imports. The illegall imported products that enter through the unofficial ports in very much. Whereas imported products should only go through the 5 port official imports.

Therefore, Gampmmi asked for the government more stringent oversee the unofficial harbor. The government should also increase the competitiveness of domestic industries, such as building infrastructure and meet the needs of industrial gases. To suppress the amount if imported food and beverages from Malaysia, policies of each ministries should also be aligned. The government must clearly give their attention on the industry to add value rather than trade alone.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Trade Expo Indonesia 2011 earned U.S. $ 33.9 million transactions on the first day


The first day of implementation of Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2011 generated a total business deals worth U.S.$ 33.9 million.

The most popular products on October 19, 2011 on TEI 2011 includes furniture, coffee, cosmetics and herbal products, wood products, as well as agricultural products. The event is in conjunction with the change of ministers was attended by 2,278 buyers from 65 countries. Approximately 84.9% of which came from non-traditional markets including developing countries, while the remaining 15.1% came from traditional country.

Director General of Export Development Ministry of Industry, Hesti Indah Kresnarini said, dominated portion of nontraditional buyers in this Trade Expo Indonesia 2011 indicate the success of market diversification efforts. "It's important to leverage the growth of Indonesian non-oil exports amid the global crisis," she explained.

It is considered to be one contributor to the recording business transactions in TEI 2011 because the concept of the pavilion main product (APU) that carries the concept of revitalization. The concept that display creativity and environmentally friendly. Area that displays the main product was built with construction materials, mostly recyclable.

As an illustration, the event was composed of zone 10 +10 +3 products (main products, potentially, services), the Primaniyarta 2010 zone (award-winning performance of exports), and the creative industry zones (products exporting culture-based creative and technology).

In addition, the Trade Expo Indonesia 2011 area also includes Global Brands (national brands worldwide), Eco-Products zones (eco-friendly products), and Services zones (products of international standard service).

Hesti said, the concept was to make one which is eco-friendly products Tata Air Unit attract local buyers from the manufacturing sector, hospitals, and offices. In fact, air conditioning innovate energy saving by 25% compared to conventional air conditioners that make buyers from the United States and the Netherlands to explore the trade contract with the company concerned.

The products mentioned can maintain indoor humidity below 60%, he said, was awarded the ASEAN Energy Award for the period 2007-2011. Besides air conditioning products, tire and batik parang products to be one product on the Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2011 that became a worldwide mainstay of national brands.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

MSC folds Andes loop into CSAV-CMA CGM's Asia-South America service


MSC folds Andes loop. GENEVA's Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world's second largest carrier, has cancelled its Andes Express service and has joined a CSAV - CMA CGM service between Asia and the west coast of South America.

A total of 11 ships will be deployed in the revamped Andex 1 string, with eight vessels from MSC, two from CSAV and one from CMA CGM, according to ComPair Data, adding that the average vessel capacity will reach 8,500 TEU.

The newly merged service will call at Shenzhen-Chiwan, Hong Kong, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Yokohama, Manzanillo-Mexico, Balboa, Callao, Iquique, San Antonio, San Vicente, San Antonio, Callao, Balboa, Manzanillo, Shanghai, Keelung and back to Shenzhen-Chiwan.

Ships displaced by MSC's arrival on the Andex string will join its Andex 2 loop, calling at Xingang, Qingdao, Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Shenzhen-Chiwan, Busan, Manzanillo (Mexico), Lazaro Cardenas, Balboa, Buenaventura, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Yokohama and back to Xingang.

The new Andex 2 rotation adds a second westbound call at Lazaro Cardenas, and Balboa, but drops Puerto Quetzal and Guayaquil. MSC folds Andes loop.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

INDONESIA’a woven fabrics and apparels subject to additional DUTIES


Woven fabrics and apparels products from Indonesia subject to additional custom tax by the Turkish authorities because they are flooding the Turkish’s domestic market. Though the two products were not manufactured locally Turkish industry.

"Indonesia is actually fills the market products not manufactured by the Turkish domestic industry," said Director of Trade Security International Cooperation Directorate Ministry of Trade Ernawati.

Woven fabrics products from Indonesia was subjected to an additional import duty of 18% with minimum requirement of U.S.$ 1 per kilogram (kg) and a maximum of U.S.$ 4 per kg. As for apparels products by 27% with minimum requirement of U.S.$ 4.5 per kg and a maximum of U.S.$ 18 per kg.

Imposition of additional duties assigned by the Department of Safeguards in the Turkish Ministry of Economics on September 15, 2011 following the announcement of the results of the safeguard investigation on these products. Safeguard investigation was conducted at the request of the petitioners who are representatives of various members of the Turkey Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

According to Ernawati, the Indonesian government has given in writing and direct rebuttal hearings held on the Turkish authorities on March 7, 2011. The charges are given at two products from Indonesia, she said, is not coupled with a strong foundation for the investigation of security measures (safeguards). Therefore, there is no evidence of serious loss or threat of loss experienced by the local industry.

In addition, she continued, Turkish authorities should limit the accusations against cotton products just because the results of industrial production in Turkey's domestic cotton. In fact, Indonesia exported woven fabrics of artificial staple fibers/synthetic filament.

Actually, during the investigation that took place since January 13, 2011 the government has coordinated with the exporters and producers from Indonesia represented by Indonesia Textile Association (API). In fact, when answering the questionnaire, Indonesia was cooperatively run it according to specified time Turkey.

According to data Trademap, the export value of woven fabrics from Indonesia to Turkey in 2008 is U.S.$ 197 million. That number increased slightly to U.S. $ 199 million in 2009. The export value also jumped to U.S.$ 292 million in 2010. For apparels product, export value in 2008 amounted to U.S.$ 12.6 million. That value had dropped in 2009 to U.S.$ 9.6 million, but rose again to U.S.$ 17.5 million in 2010.

Turkey, Ernawati said, was not the main countries of export destination both products. However, the country has a potential market with a market share of around 30% of Indonesia's total exports. Indonesia's largest export market share for products woven fabrics are Japan and China. While Indonesia's largest export destination for apparels products are the United States and the European Union.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Singapore's APL named best ocean carrier, also tops in innovative IT


SINGAPORE-based carrier APL, the container shipping arm of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), has been awarded the "Global Ocean Carrier of the Year" and the "Innovation IT of the Year" by London's Containerisation International, winning over other leading rivals, among them, Maersk, CMA CGM and Hyundai Merchant Marine.

Said APL president Kenneth Glenn: "We're delighted to once more be recognised by industry peers for shipping excellence. This is an affirmation of our focus on providing customers with schedule reliability and service integrity."

The Innovation IT of the Year award was won in recognition of the company's development and implementation of its proprietary SMARTemp service, which uses satellite tracking to continually monitor the temperature and humidity of refrigerated containers carrying sensitive cargo. This makes sea freight a feasible choice for shippers with cargo traditionally shipped by air, said APL.

It was the second time in three weeks that APL was honoured as the world's top carrier. In September, it won the Ship Operator Award at the Lloyd's List global awards.

Other awards conferred to APL this year include Liner Owner/Operator of the Year by Seatrade Asia magazine in June, and best shipping line in both the transpacific and Asia-Europe trades at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards in April.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

SRIWIJAYA Air ready to launch the FULL Premium service


Sriwijaya Air is optimistic can launch full premium service starting April 2012. That can be done after successfully replacing the entire Sriwijaya Air Boeing B737-200 with a B737-500.

Sriwijaya Air currently has 12 units of Boeing B737-200 aircraft that have been considered old and will replace them with the Boeing B737-500. Both types of aircraft has a capacity of 110 seats. Aircraft with a capacity of as much as it deems appropriate to serve intercity flights throughout Indonesia.

"We will go into the premium class after the Boeing B737-200 is replaced. So later we will have two classes of service in a single plane, ie business and economy, "said Toto Nursatyo, Sriwijaya Air Commerce Director.

But Toto could not mention the Boeing B737-500 aircraft that will be Sriwijaya Air ownership or renting. To strengthen its services, Sriwijaya Air is also in the next year will bring Embraer E-190 and Boeing B737-800 NG.

Embraer E-190 will come in stages starting in August 2012, while Boeing B737-800NG end of 2012 are projected to come as much as two units.

Toto revealed, Sriwijaya Air go into business premium services because the market opportunity is still open and in line with the improving macro economy. So far only Garuda Indonesia which has a full premium service.

In addition to preparing the fleet arriving soon for the purposes of raising the class, said Toto, it is also preparing a suitable price with new service. With the premium service, then the Sriwijaya Air will provide great food and drinks.  In the airline business, medium-class only provide cakes and mineral water, while for low cost carrier (LCC) do not give food or drink.


Friday, October 14, 2011

MAERSK Signs MOU With INDONESIAN Port Operator


Chief executive officer of the AP Moller Maersk Group, Nils S Andersen, signed a memorandum of understanding with the top Indonesian port operator Pelindo II. The two companies are committed to infrastructure investments in Indonesia.

Addressing R J Lino, president director of Pelindo II at a meeting at the Maersk headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen expressed strong interest in further developing Maersk’s engagement in Indonesia.

“Indonesia is already an important market for Maersk, and we are interested in committing more of our resources to expand our operations in the country,” said Andersen. He expressed the Maersk Group’s desire to develop and expand the infrastructure of Indonesia in cooperation with Pelindo II, facilitating Indonesia’s growing foreign trade.

The memorandum of understanding outlines a plan for training and development of Pelindo II staff as well as providing consultancy support in lifting operational efficiencies in one of the Pelindo II facilities.

Focusing its efforts on new markets outside the OECD countries is part of the Maersk Group’s priorities for 2011, and Indonesia is a country of particular interest to Maersk. As a conglomerate, with container shipping, port activities, oil exploration, oil production activities as well as oil services, there are many opportunities to grow and provide top quality infrastructure and services in Indonesia.

The A.P. Moller - Maersk Group has been present in Indonesia since 1958, operating through shipping lines Maersk Line, Safmarine, MCC Transport and the company’s logistics arm, Damco.

In 2010, the A.P. Moller ‐ Maersk Group had a revenue of US$ 56.1 billion and a profit after tax of US$ 5.0 billion.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Four AIRPORTS will be added time to 24 hours of nonstop operation


PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II will add hours of operation of four airports up to 24.00 hours. The four airports are Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, the International Airport of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in Palembang, Sultan Sharif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru and Supadio Airport, Pontianak.

Tri S. Sunoko, Angkasa Pura II president director, said, adding hours of airport operation carried out in line with the increasing flow of passengers and air cargo. So far this airport only operates until around 20:00 pm.

Currently there are two airports that are managed by Aangkasa Pura II which operate until 24.00 pm, the Soekarno-Hatta airport Cengkareng, Jakarta and Polonia airport in Medan. Consequently, there are a number of passengers from Jakarta or other cities that could not continue the flight to the destination city.

Looking ahead, additional hours of operation will continue until the airport can be open for 24 hours. But the Angkasa Pura II will perform in stages according to their ability and readiness of existing human resources. Therefore, the current AP II are still experiencing power shortages Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) to regulate air traffic at airports.

Angkasa Pura II data mentioned, there are currently 600 people ATC personnel at all airports managed by AP II. Being the ideal amount of ATC personnel need more 172 people. The amount that will be pursued the addition of ATC, in cooperation with Human Resources Development Agency of Transportation.

"We are targeting the needs of the ATC that was to be met in April 2012. So the four airports that we can prioritize operate for 24 hours, "said Tri.

Bambang S. Ervan, Head of Public Communication Center Ministry of Transportation, adding, starting the first semester of 2012, there are six airports are expected under AP II, which can operate 24 hours. "Looking ahead, expect all the major cities can be served aviation for 24 hours a day.

Bobby Mamahit, Head of Human Resources Development Ministry of Transportation, adding, the ability to pass the ATC is still limited. ATC graduates this year as many as 200 people ATC, but ATC requirement for all airports in Indonesia as many as 800 people per year.

"To still increase the capacity of graduates each year, one of them by adding new facilities and capacity at the school boarding the flight," said Bobby.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

DIRGANTARA INDONESIA concludes ‘teaming agreement’ with Air Bus Military


Aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) has concluded a "teaming agreement" with Airbus Military on the joint production and marketing of NC295 planes, the Indonesian company`s chief said.

The agreement would be implemented with financial support from PT Perusahaan Pengelola Asset (PT PPA), a state-owned company managing public assets, PT Dirgantara Indonesia president director Budi Santoso said.

The three companies signed a strategic cooperation accord in July 2011 and the teaming agreement was a follow up to that agreement, he said.

Under the teaming agreement, PT Dirgantara Indonesia would have an opportunity to make and market NC295 planes with Airbus Military, he said, adding the plane was already being used by a few Asian countries, namely South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.

"With the NC295`s performance having been tested for some time (in the three Asian countries), the aircraft is projected to meet a need of the `the Indonesian Air Force, namely replacing its Fokker-27 fleet whose service period is to expire soon," Budi said.

With the signing of the teaming accord with Airbus Military, PT DI"s continued existence after 2014 was more or less assured, he said.

Labeling the NC295 a "commercially competitive aircraft", Budi said, for PT Dirgantara Indonesia, making the plane would pose no particular difficulties as the company already had a long record of producing C212 and CN235 planes which were in fact earlier generations of the NC296.

The NC295 would be the latest addition to the list of aircraft types PT Dirgantara Indonesia had produced over the years. The company`s products were already being used by the Indonesian military and also marketed in the Asian region.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

MANDALA Airlines to operate before the end of this year

PT Mandala Airlines will resume operations before the end of this year's holiday. Funds needed for this plan to reach U.S. $ 250 million, which is to purchase five new aircraft and also rent  five planes.

"We are still identifying the plane. As soon as the existing permission from the government, we follow up. Fly before year-end holidays, so there is a solution offerings," said owner of Saratoga Group, Sandiaga Uno in Jakarta.

The fund has been prepared by Saratoga Group and Tiger Airways are both sourced from internal cash.

Sandiaga Uno said, the Airbus 737 will be the choice to fly back Mandala Airlines. "For the new Airbus 737 around U.S. $ 50 - U.S. $ 70 million. There is a lease as well," he added. As an initial step, the Mandala Airlines will fly the aircraft for the distance in under three hours with domestic and international routes.

For the record, Saratoga Group has a 55% stake in PT Mandala Airlines. Conditional sale and purchase agreement and other legal documents have been signed by Mandala Airlines, Saratoga Group as a financial investor, and Tiger Airways as the strategic investor.

After changing ownership, the Mandala Airlines is expected to implement the business model of Tiger Airways, offering low cost travel to international destinations and domestic.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

INSA: the need for OFFSHORE vessels increased by 10% this year


Indonesian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) projects a need for offshore vessels will increase by about 10% this year. INSA data show, the need for offshore vessels will reach 606 units, an increase of 50 units compared to last year the number of 556 units.

INSA Chairman Carmelita Hertoto said, until June 2011, the ships offshore that has been operating routinely in Indonesia reaches 526 units. The increase in demand for these vessels is triggered a number of factors.

First, the implementation of the cabotage regulation which requires that the domestic sea freight activities should use Indonesia’s flag ships no later than December 2010. As for transporting goods and passengers as well as activities that do not carry passengers and / or goods within the ports at the latest 2015.

Second, oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in the sea also increased in line with government targets to meet national targets oil lifting. Currently the majority of oil and gas production activities are in the sea. Procurement of offshore vessels is different from other types of ship procurement since the contract-based provision. "These ships could be provided if there is a tender and a contract of service users," said Carmelita. Procurement of these vessels depend on the contract considering banking or financial institution would have made be one of the guarantee.

Meanwhile, for the price of the ship are varies. "Relative depending on the type and size, new or used. There are only U.S. $ 1 million, but there are up to U.S. $ 200 million or more," explained Carmelita.

In connection with the increase in demand for offshore vessels, PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk (BLTA) this year also adds to its fleet of two units of ships offshore. "Last year, we only have one ship offshore," said Kevin Wong, Director of Finance BLTA. He is optimistic the company can raise revenues with the addition of this fleet. Kevin says, the target revenue until the end of the year, U.S. $ 50 million. While in the past year, the company recorded a total revenue of U.S. $ 45 million. Until the first half of 2011, the company has been able to get half of the revenue target.

PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk is serving of offshore vessel rental services since 2006. The company is leasing the contract system. "The average per contract was between 1 year to 4 years," says Kevin.


Monday, October 3, 2011

INDONESIA's exports in August 2011 hit a record U.S. $ 18.81 Billion


The value of Indonesian exports in August 2011 hit a record of U.S. $ 18.81 billion. Indonesia's exports hit a record last history in May 2011 which reached U.S. $ 18.33 billion.

This was stated by Deputy Head of Distribution and Services Statistics BPS-Statistics Indonesia, Djamal at his office, Jalan DR. Soetomo, Jakarta, Monday (10/03/2011).

"Exports in August reached U.S. $ 18.81 billion. Increase 37.05% compared to August 2010 reached U.S. $ 13.72 billion. This is the highest figure over the value of our exports," said Knopf.

He said the Indonesian oil and gas export value in August 2011 reached U.S. $ 4.09 billion and non-oil exports reached U.S. $ 14.72%. "Total exports from January-August 2011 reached U.S. $ 134.85 billion. Up 36.58% over the same period in 2010.

While non-oil exports for January-August 2011 reached U.S. $ 107.3 billion. The source of our exports are mineral fuels which reached U.S. $ 16.98 billion, then fats and animal oil / vegetable reached U.S. $ 13.96 billion. Indonesia's export market share currently dominated by China U.S. $ 12.83 billion, then Japan for U.S. $ 11.97 billion, the U.S. amounted to U.S. $ 10.65 billion, then the remaining exports to ASEAN amounted to U.S. $ 22.09 billion.

While the value of imports in August 2011 reached U.S. $ 15.05 billion. Rose 23.68% over the same period in 2010 which reach U.S. $ 12.17 billion. Oil imports in August 2011 reached U.S. $ 3.81 billion and non-oil imports of U.S. $ 11.25 billion. "If compared to July the value of our imports fell 7.12%," said Knopf.

The value of imports from January to August 2011 reached U.S. $ 114.84 billion. Rose 30.9% over the same period in 2010. Special non-oil imports on January-August 2011 reached U.S. $ 87.99 billion.The biggest contribution was on the import of machinery and mechanical equipment, and electrical equipment.

Indonesia imports the country of origin in the period from January to August 2011 is the China of U.S. $ 16.37 billion, Japan U.S. $ 12.1 billion, and Singapore U.S. $ 7.07 billion. Based on the class type of goods, 74.96% of Indonesian imports were raw materials, capital goods 17.42% and 7.62% is the finished goods or consumption.

Djamal said, Indonesia August trade balance surplus of U.S. $ 3.76 billion. This is due to the value of exports rose and imports fell. From January to August Indonesia trade balance surplus reached U.S. $ 20.01 billion.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

LION Air and SRIWIJAYA Air will work on FULL SERVICE carrier


Lion Air plans to upgrade the flight service from low cost carrier into a full-service airlines. For this full service, Lion Air to establish a new subsidiary, PT Space Aviation Service.

General Director of Lion Air, Edward Sirait claimed to have been taking care of the completeness of the business license for this Air Space. "The filing is already running, we are currently completing the documents in accordance with government regulations," said Edward.

Lion Air sees the potential flight for full services is very large. Edward saw its market continues to grow. Because of that, he hopes this Air Space could soon be operational next year. "We are targeting November 2012," he said.

To work on the full market these services, Lion Air will allocate around 10-12 aircraft. Already, it is reviewing the routes to be served. "So the market to be clear," he said.

sriwijaya_air_full_service_carrier Sriwijaya Air is also will follow to upgrade their flight service. Vice President Director of Sriwijaya Air Hasudungan Pandiangan claimed to have been collecting documents to transform into full flight carrier. "We are filling but do not propose the SIUP becuase not opening a new company. The name of the airline still remain the same, Sriwijaya Air," explains Hasudungan.

He also admitted it is reviewing the routes to be served. "We are targeting this transformation is completed in mid 2012," he said. So far Sriwijaya Air applying service to its passengers with the concept of medium service. The concept of rule-based medium may only provide a maximum tariff of 90% of the rate above the specified limit. The airline allowed to provide service snacks and beverages.

According to Bambang S Ervan, Head of Communications and Information Ministry of Transportation when the airline moved from medium service to full services without creating a new subsidiary then simply report to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation only. "Then after that the process is published to the public. While to open up a new subsidiary must submit SIUP first, "said Bambang.

The Director General of Civil Aviation Herry Bakti admitted that Lion Air’s SIUP is in the process. As for reports of Sriwijaya Air had not yet received their request for a report to the next grade to full service.