Ben Line Agencies’ global partner – WaterFront carves new territory with Houston move

18 July 2019 – Global port agency business, WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront) has today opened a local agency office in Houston, Texas. The company, which is one of the world’s largest port agency networks, says its Houston office has been established to help charterers, owners, and operators to manage their risk in this strategically important high-volume location.

WaterFront’s Houston office is managed by newly appointed Director for North America Lars Westerberg, a port agency industry veteran who was formerly Regional Director Americas for Seven Seas and Managing Director of Wallem Americas. Prior to these roles, Westerberg also served as Regional Managing Director of Inchcape Shipping Services in North and Central America.

The team in WaterFront’s Houston office will attend vessels directly from Corpus Christi to Lake Charles, including all terminals and all facilities. The Houston office will also serve as the regional hub for WaterFront in North, South and Central America including the Caribbean and is linked to WaterFront’s existing regional hubs in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur to provide 24-hour coverage to its global client base.

Terry Gidlow, Chief Executive Officer of WaterFront, commented:

“On a global basis we see how significant political developments, evolving trade policies and rapid shifts in the supply and demand of raw materials and bulk commodities are impacting traditional trade patterns. Meaning our clients are faced with a whole new range of opportunities and challenges in executing their day to day business. With the opening of our Houston office we are able to bolster the presence we have in other major oil & gas import/export and refining centres such as the Middle East and in Asia.”

The WaterFront global network currently handles more than 45,000 port calls per year through a network of 483 offices in 93 countries worldwide. Unlike other global agencies, Waterfront focuses on providing port and husbandry services for vessels transporting coal, grains, iron ore, minor bulks as well as crude oil, clean and dirty products, chemicals and gas. The company also handles the husbandry requirements of 3rd party and in-house ship managers.

WaterFront’s Director for North America, Lars Westerberg, commented:

“By focusing on specific commodities, we can work with customers operating in this region to add quantifiable value to their businesses. Our work is all about understanding our clients business and their  specific needs and then using our local knowledge and relationships to assist them to mitigate their risk, turn their vessels and cargoes around faster and save them money, while maintaining the highest levels of  safety and compliance.”

Terry Gidlow, chief executive officer of WaterFront, added:

“Lars and his team in Houston bring to the table decades of local experience and relationships in ports and terminals throughout Texas. The Regional Hub function of the Houston office also serves to give our clients in North and South America better access to our Global network.

WaterFront was established by leading regional ship agency businesses Sharaf Shipping Agencies and Ben Line Agencies in 2016. WaterFront is headquartered in Dubai with commercial offices in China, Singapore, Dubai, Norway and the USA. WaterFront has strategic partnerships in the rest of North and South America with renowned local partners such as ACGI on the west Coast of the US and Canada, UNIMAR in Brazil and the Ultramar group in Spanish-speaking South America. For more information about the organisation, visit www.waterfront-ms.com

Sumbagut II Power Plant Project

Project Outline:

Ben Line Agencies has successfully handled the unloading of project cargoes. The operations were performed in Blang Lancang Port, Lhokseumawe, Aceh. During this project, Ben Line Agencies had mobilised one unit spacer barge, one unit mobile crane 65 Ton, five units  of lowbed and also supported by vessel’s crane 450 Tonnes.

Challenges Faced:

  • Draft at terminal
  • Arrangement and mobilization of heavy equipment to site
  • Implementing a safe workplace best practices to prevent and incident or accident during project

Project Solving Process:

  • Utilize spacer barge to secure vessel in suitable draft and stable position
  • HSEQ performing a detailed inspection for all units to ensure compliance
  • Perform daily safety tool-box meeting prior to starting the work

Indonesia – “Zero Accident” Safety Award

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia was recently awarded by Total with certification to recognize “Zero Accident” for activities under our responsibility. This relates to the Logistic handling of ISO tanks, including administration, trucking, storage and discharge operations arranged by Ben Line Agencies.

Close co-operation with our vendors, and compliance to our ISO standard operating procedures helps to ensure these safe operations.

For further information related to Ben Line Agencies Indonesia, please contact Daniel.pitts@benline.co.id


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Indonesia – Sorong Branch Office Wins Customs Award

We are pleased to announce that our Sorong branch office was recognized and awarded certification by the local customs authority during their recent annual gathering with all stakeholders from the marine and logistics community. Recognition as the ”Best Marine Agent for Obedience and Compliance to Customs Regulations and Procedures”, was a great reward for our branch office’s efforts in executing daily activities in an efficient and compliant manner.

Our Sorong office was established in 2017 to cater to the growth in the eastern region of Indonesia for all aspects of cargo shipments and offshore activity. Further details can be obtained via our Jakarta head office. Click here for contacts.

Indonesia Port Updates

Port: Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Update: Port Authority Merger

As of 1st February, there is change in the structure of jurisdiction / responsibility of Bontang Harbour Master office. The Lok Tuan and Tanjung Laut harbour master offices have now merged.

  • Lok Tuan Harbour Master previously handled PKT and Lok Tuan port.
  • Tanjung Laut Harbour Master previously handled BOCT and LNG Badak ports.
  • Both port’s HM offices were classified as KSOP class 1.

Now after the merger now the status upgrade became KSOP class II which is the same status as neighbouring port Samarinda.
The above has taken affect as of 1st February 2019.
The port tariff has been amended in light of these changes to the new status ‎class of harbour master. This port is now classified Class II, and as such the foreign vessel Harbour Due tariff becomes IDR1,368 and domestic vessel tariff IDR84.


Port : Taboneo, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia
Update : Port Clearance / STS Permit Requirement

The Banjarmasin Port Authority recently released a circular letter, with information relating to a new regulation which started on 16th January 2019. The circular states that in order to arrange Port Clearance / Sailing permit an KSOP officer will be required to board the vessel at Taboneo anchorage for inspection of cargo operation, dangerous goods inspection (Pengawasan Barang Berbahaya) and STS Permit.

For the above, arrangement agent must arrange launch boat to assist with the transfer of the authority.

Circular Translation:

Port Authority and Habour Master’s Office of Banjarmasin
Assignment Execution Government Letter

Main:
Minister of Transportation Regulation Number PM 76 of 2018 concerning the second amendment to the regulation of the Ministry of Transportation number 36 of 2012 concerning the organization and working procedures of the airport and port authority office dated August 9, 2018.
For service purposes

Ordered:
Name of employee as attached list

Contents of the Order:
Receive this order so that you prepare yourself to carry out your duties in order to service port and shipping safety supervision in Taboneo’s work area by always being guided by the laws and regulations that apply.
As WILKER’s head of post is given the authority to sign the SBP (Process port clearance) Welding approval, Bunker approval, Oversight Guarding of ships, supervision of dangerous and toxic goods (B3), Ship Movement, Approval of loading and unloading activities, STS, and PNBP levies.
If in the implementation of service duties there are obstacles or problems that are principally binding, then the Head of the WILKER Post reports / communicates with the Head of Office KSOP Class 1 Banjarmasin
Make weekly and monthly reports on operational activities aimed at the Head of the Office of KSOP Class 1 Banjarmasin as a form of responsibility for the implementation of duties
The head of the post in carrying out the tasks is responsible directly to the Head of the KSOP Class 1 Banjarmasin Office.
This warrant must be carried out properly and responsibly
For the sake of this warrant to be carried out and applied from the date of stipulation.


Port: Tanjung Redeb, Berau (Muara Pantai Anchorage), Indonesia
Update: Tariff Amendment / Tug Assist requirement

As of 1st February 2019 the local Authority of Muara Pantai has amended the Harbour Dues port tariff. This affects all vessels calling this port where a shipper’s lump sum port call fee isn’t applicable.

  • Old Harbour due calculation: GRT x Tariff (IDR 594) x 1 etmal (15 days)
  • New Harbour due calculation: GRT x Tariff (IDR 660) x 1 etmal (15 days)

Additionally, the Authority now has also imposed a requirement whereby a tug assist will currently support all vessels on outward journey from Muara Pantai. Time required for each movement is yet to be determined.

The applicable calculation / tariff here :

  • (Fixed Tariff + (GRT x Variable Tariff)) x tuggage support hrs required
Vessel Tariff Type Domestic Vessel (IDR) Foreign Vessel (USD)
14,001 – 18,000 GT Fixed Tariff 2,278,645.83 1,978.5399
  Variable Tariff 6.68 0.0099
18,001 – 26,000 GT Fixed Tariff 3,342,013.89 2,849.8438
  Variable Tariff 6.11 0.0090
26,001 – 40,000 GT Fixed Tariff 3,342,013.89 2,849.8438
  Variable Tariff 6.11 0.0090
40,001 – 75,000 GT Fixed Tariff 3,342,013.89 3,036.7188
  Variable Tariff 6.11 0.0045
75,001 GT and above Fixed Tariff 4,511,718.75 3,971.094
  Variable Tariff 6.11 0.0045

Pilots will continue to support vessels on inward arrangement to location of anchorage.

Note: Government Value Added Tax (VAT 10%) will be applicable to all tuggage / pilotage costs listed.

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia handles project vessels at Patimban

In late December 2018,  Ben Line Agencies Indonesia were pleased to act as port agents for the import shipment of construction vessels at the port of Patimban in Java. Working closely with the vessel owners, Port Authority and customs, Ben Line Agencies coordinated a number of pre-arrival meetings in the weeks prior to the port call to ensure the “float off” operations would be completed efficiently. All operations were duly completed and vessel departed without delay.

The vessels will now be deployed in the construction project of Patimban new port, and are part of the ongoing investments in Indonesia to upgrade the nation’s port facilities.

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia handles RTG Cranes into Port of Belawan

In early November, Ben Line Agencies Indonesia were pleased to act as port agents on behalf of Biglift, for the import shipment of four RTG Cranes into the Port of Belawan in North Sumatra. Working closely with the vessel owners, Port Authority and customs, Ben Line Agencies coordinated a number of pre-arrival meetings in the weeks prior to the port call to ensure the operations would be completed efficiently. All operations were duly completed and vessel departed without delay.

The RTG’s will now be deployed in the port’s domestic container terminal, and are part of the ongoing investments in Indonesia to upgrade the nation’s port facilities.

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia CSR Program

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia, via its CSR program, recently supported the supply of lifejackets that were donated to the Harbour Master of Karangantu (located in the province of Banten, West Java). The donation was attended by our Merak branch office manager, Robert Tambunan.

The lifejackets are now being used by the local community for their daily activity around the region, and transportation between coastal islands. Ben Line Agencies is committed to CSR efforts, working with local authorities and communities to improve the conditions, and trying to make a positive contribution to the areas of our operations.

Ben Line Agencies Indonesia Compliance Poster Competition

Contestant winners: Michael Target from the Jakarta office, Suci Ramadhani from the Medan office.

In line with Ben Line Agencies commitment to improving awareness and adherence to all matters related to compliance, our Indonesia office recently held a nationwide poster competition that was open to all staff. An orientation of compliance and HSEQ policies is part of the induction program for new hires, followed by regular training, conducted by our compliance officer.

The two winning posters have been printed and distributed to all offices across the country, and will serve as a daily reminder to all our teams, as well as everyone who visits our offices of the importance of compliance to our daily activity as we strive to execute all our activities in accordance with local country regulations, and Ben Line’s own policies.