Ho Chi Minh hosts Port of Houston Symposium

In April 2019, Ben Line Agencies Vietnam successfully hosted a Port of Houston Symposium in Ho Chi Minh city. With a focus on the Port of Houston and Vietnam-to-Texas trade, the event attracted over 50 stakeholders from a wide range of industries including MLOs, NVOCCs, International Ports, and BCOs ( Furniture, Seafood, Agricultural products, Steel, and timber importers/exporters).

Mr Dominic Sun, Director Trade Development of Port Houston, gave a speech covering the demographics, economy, trade, infrastructure, and port facilities of Houston city. His informative presentation was beneficial for everyone and led into a fruitful Q&A session later in the evening.

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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Beibu Gulf Port Introduces the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor in Vietnam

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On April 16, 2019, Beibu Gulf Port hosted a roadshow in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to promote the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and explore business opportunities. More than 150 people from Beibu Gulf Port, Saigon Port Authority, Vietnam industry associations, major shipping companies, local logistics companies, and cargo owners were in attendance. Management from Beibu Gulf Port Authority and the Guangxi Beibu Gulf Office were also present.

To comply with the strategic positioning as a  gateway to ASEAN countries, a key port to support the development of southwest and central-south of China, and a hub port of the One Belt, One Road initiative, Beibu Gulf Port accelerated the construction of the container ports, built up several large-scale, deep-water and professional terminals in recent years, while ports and logistics facilities are continuously improved.

Mr. Mo Nu, Board of Director & Deputy General Manager of Beibu Gulf Port Group, proposed new ideas and called on all parties to work together to continue the momentum of trade between Vietnam and western China.

Mr. Jiang Wei, Deputy General Manager of Beibu Gulf Logistics, said that Beibu Gulf Port is continuously improving the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. They are committed to ensuring the route’s efficiency, convenience and cost optimization.

Vietnam is the largest foreign trade partner of Beibu Gulf Port. In 2018, the container throughput of Beibu Gulf Port to Vietnam totaled 27,000 TEU, mainly composed of machinery, chemical products, agriculture products, animal products and light industrial products. As of April 2019, Beibu Gulf Port has five container services with a weekly call to Ho Chi Minh Port and 10 container services called to Haiphong Port weekly.

The construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor has vastly improved trade between Vietnam and western China. Transit time between these regions can be cut down by up to 10 days and logistics costs halved .

Representatives from Vietnamese ports, the shipping industry and cargo owners are committed to cooperation between Vietnam, Beibu Gulf Port and China’s western region.

There was also discussion of constructing a logistics system and multimodal transport corridor between Vietnam and Guangxi.

Ben Line Agencies and Beibu Gulf Port have been partners for years. Mr. Matthew Soloman, Director of Ben Line Agencies, spoke about the exciting opportunities for China-ASEAN cooperation as the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor develops and more western Chinese provinces participate.

This is Beibu Gulf Port’s second roadshow in Southeast Asia, after the first hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 2018. Amid a growing partnership, the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor provides an opportunity to further develop trade between Vietnam and western China. 

Myanmar New Year – Holiday Schedule

In observance of Myanmar’s New Year on April 13 to 17, Ben Line Agencies Myanmar will have skeletal staff attending all operations during this period. You may contact the following for any concerns.

For offshore concerns

Phyo Lin Aung (Jayden)

Offshore Operations Supervisor – Offshore

Mobile  +95 9970 2611 84

Direct    +95 1 370 987 ext. 16

offshore@benline.com.mm

For marine agency concerns

Kyi Thanda OO (KTO)

Manager – Marine Agency Services

Mobile  +95 9 259 2028 96

Direct    +95 1 370 987 ext. 16

operations@benline.com.mm

Ports will be fully operational however port charges will be double the tariff rate. Please expect delays for sending and receiving of cargo and note that some roads may be closed to make way for festivities.

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.

China Issues Guidelines for Low Sulphur Fuel

With effect from January 1, 2019, vessels entering all Chinese ports should use low sulphur fuel with sulphur content less than 0.5%. Previously, only three ECA zones – Beihai RIM, Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta – had this requirement but it has now been extended to all ports within China.

From January 1, 2020, vessels entering Chinese ports will be required to use low sulphur fuel with sulphur content less then 0.1%.

The announcement below contains more details on the ports affected by this regulation:


China ECA Regulations

Support for Children’s Charities Association

The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore extends support to their 6 member charities to cater to the needs of member charities’ disabled and less privileged children, ensuring that every physically and socially disadvantaged child is able to lead a normal childhood. Charities included are:

  • Singapore Children’s Society
  • The Singapore Association for the Deaf
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore
  • Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore
  • St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital
  • Association for Person with Special Needs

As part of our continuing support, Ben Line Agencies Singapore and its staff made a total donation of SGD 2,140 to support this cause.

Cambodian State Agent Kamsab to be shut down

Cambodian State Agent Kamsab to be shut down – Ben Line can provide full agency services for all vessels calling Cambodia.

The Prime Minister of Cambodia has announced that Kamsab, the state Shipping Agency, will be disbanded and Kamsab Officers removed from all ports. It has been compulsory for all vessels calling Cambodian Ports or Anchorages to pay Kamsab Agency and Tally Fees, even if appointing another general agent or OPA.

As per the sub decree signed by the Prime Minister on 6th February, Kamsab will stop operating in Cambodian Ports & Anchorages from 17th February 2019 and they will close completely from 0001 on 28th February 2019.

Ben Line Agencies will be able to provide all port agency services, including husbandry matters, that you require in Cambodia.

Please send enquiries to operations@benline.com.kh for port details, PDAs and other information.

BLA Cambodia have been operating since 2002, we have offices in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville from which we can cover all ports, anchorages and terminals in Cambodia:

  • Sihanoukville Port
  • Sihanoukville Anchorage
  • Keo Phos – Okhna Mong Port
  • Kampot Anchorage
  • Kampot International Port
  • Prek Thnot – Crystal Rice Port
  • Tela Terminal
  • Sokimex Terminal
  • Ream Terminal
  • Steung Hav International Port
  • Phnom Penh Ports

BLA Cambodia have experience of handling Bulk, Container, RoRo, Tanker, Breakbulk, Livestock & offshore vessels as well as sea & river barges. BLA Cambodia are OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified for Marine Agency Services and through the BLA Group, members of TRACE and MACN.

We look forward to handling your vessels in Cambodia.

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.

Royal Railways Train Project in Cambodia

Ben Line Agencies Cambodia was involved with the import of three trains for Royal Railways in Cambodia. They will run on the Phnom Penh Airport Link between the airport and the city. The trains were manufactured in Mexico and arrived in Sihanoukville Port on the 8th January. Ben Line Agencies successfully and safely oversaw the port operations to transport the trains from the vessel to the railway lines.

It is an honor to work with Royal Railways on this project that contributes greatly to the development of Cambodia’s transport infrastructure.