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.
The electric ferry Ellen has made her maiden voyage between Søby and Fynshav, south of Funen in Denmark.
This was reported by the Danish Maritime Authority on 16 August and marks the culmination of a project where the DMA has been the involved authority in order to ensure that safety was part of the innovative work.
Martin John, Director of Ship Survey, Certification and Manning, the Danish Maritime Authority commented: ‘Electric ferries are one of the solutions to new climate-friendly ferries. The Danish Maritime Authority has been the partner, authority and now the flag of Denmark’s first ferry fully powered by electricity.’
On the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, a new harbour has been built by the local authority. The harbour with a capacity of 58 boats is located in Povoação, on the south eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island.
This initiative taken by the local Municipal Authority of Povoaçao was carried out with the objective of promoting nautical tourism in this area of the island as well improving conditions for local boaters. Execution of the design (illustrated here), manufacturing and installation of the floating pontoons and the supply of auxiliary equipment have been carried out by Lindley (see: www.lindley.pt ).
The facility comprises pontoons and fingers from Lindley’s Sagres range manufactured with a galvanized and painted steel structure, ideally suited for the challenging conditions of these Atlantic islands.
Access to the floating facility is provided via a single gangway with a security gate. The harbour is equipped with service pedestals that provide water and electricity as well as emergency equipment ensuring the comfort and safety of those using the facility.