ASEAN Holds the Forty-third Senior Transport Officials Meeting

Senior transport officials from the 10-Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened last 16-18 May 2017 in Singapore to continue discussion of initiatives that will foster connectivity in the Region. They also had separate consultations with delegations from dialogue partners of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia and European

The Senior Transport Officials or STOM works under the direction of the ASEAN Transport Ministers (ATM). It acts as the executive body that supervises, coordinates and reviews programmes set by the ATM STOM and performs oversight functions as well to the activities of the Transport Working Groups under the economic and technical cooperation. STOM provides the regular venue for improving regional cooperation through presentation of status of on-going projects and policies and/or new initiatives to supplement existing measures. The last STOM (42nd STOM) held in November last year was hosted by the Philippines.

The Welcome Remarks was given by Mr. Pang Kin Keong who is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Singapore. Mr. Garry V. de Guzman, Undersecretary of the Department of Transportation of the Philippines and the Outgoing STOM Chairperson, on the other hand, delivered the Opening Address. In the official addresses of both officials, they underscored the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity in creating economic opportunities and improving the quality of life of the people in the ASEAN. They cited the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP) and the importance of achieving the short and medium term work plans in the transport blueprint for 2016-2025 in transportation, mainly in the areas of: air, land, maritime, transport facilitation and sustainable transport. These are crucial to attaining a stronger and more competitive region within the context of the ASEAN Economic Integration.

During the 43rd STOM, decisions and follow-up requirements from the 30th ASEAN Summit and other ASEAN Coordinating Bodies were taken up with focus on the following: AEC Blueprint 2025 in the form of the AEC 2025 Consolidated Strategic Action Plan (CSAP); institutionalization of a consultative process with lead private sector entities as well as the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC); ASEAN transport connectivity citing the progress of the ASEAN-RO-RO shipping network which made a maiden voyage to the Davao-General Santos (Philippines)-Bitung (Indonesia route), the adoption of the Framework of Cooperation on Certification of Competency for Near Coastal Voyages (NCV) issued by ASEAN Member States and adoption of the ASEAN Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Policy Framework, progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS) Pilot; and, the Masterplan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025. A significant amount of time was also earmarked for deliberations on Key Performance Indicators of KLTSP and STOM Working Groups’ 2016-2017 Work Plan.

Under each of the areas of the KLTSP, the progress or status of identified initiatives was taken up, to wit: of Air Transport – the progress of ASEAN Air Transport Sectoral Negotiations, the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) and the Highlights of the Roundtable Discussion for Advancing ASAM organized by Malaysia; Land Transport – ASEAN Highway Network (AHN), Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL), Land Transport Working Group Meetings and ASEAN-GIZ Technical Cooperation on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation in the Land Transport Sector (TCC) Phase II; Maritime Transport – ASEAN Single Shipping Market (ASSM), RO-RO Shipping Network Operation in ASEAN, Inland Waterway Transport (IWT), Navigation System and Security Measures in line with International Standards, Policy Initiatives and Recommendations to Develop Strategic Maritime Transport Logistics between ASEAN and Dialogue Partners, and Regional Cooperation in the Development of Sustainable Transport-Related Policies and Strategies; Transport Facilitation – ASEAN Framework Agreement on Cross Boarder Transport of Passengers by Road Vehicles, Operationalization of ASEAN Transport Facilitation Agreement, Implementation of ASEAN Customs Transit System (ACTS) Pilot, and Operationalization of the Pilot Project for the Implementation of ACTS.

Finally, other matters of equal importance which were discussed are the scheduled dialogue meetings for the 44th STOM and 23rd ATM Meetings, preparations for the ASEAN 50th Anniversary and ratification/acceptance of ASEAN Transport Agreements/Protocols.

Attendance of Personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority to the Graduate Programs of the World Maritime University for the Academic year 2015

The Philippine Ports Authority with its vision to be globally competitive in port services in the Philippines characterized by increased productivity, efficiency, connectivity, comfort, safety, security and environmental sustainability is highly committed to invest in its people thru academic cooperation as among its interventions.

Through this intervention, the Philippine Ports Authority will be able to respond directly to the needs of the maritime industry equipping qualified personnel to acquire the necessary skills and attitude to be future ports experts.

PPA and the World Maritime University forged in July 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Academic Cooperation in the delivery of a WMU Master of Science in Maritime Affairs, a regular 14-month program.  The MOU became effective onJuly16, 2013 with a term of five (5) years and extension or amendments maybe made as agreed by both parties.

Among the academic programs offered by WMU is the MSc in Maritime Affairs which is designed to respond directly to the real needs of the maritime industry, both today and in planning for the future.  The programme is both academically challenging and professionally oriented and is designed for ambitious, mid-career maritime professionals.

The MSc program offers various specifications which is a standard 14-month program running from September until November of the following year.  All graduates of MSc are:

  • Equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil successfully  their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development
  • Fully aware of maritime operations in general, as well as of their chosen specialization
  • Sensitive to the general objectives of the United Nations and the particular aims of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Sufficiently flexible to adapt to a variety of roles in the maritime field environment
  • Fluent in English Language, and able to communicate skilfully
  • Skilled in the problem solving, critical analysis and independent endeavour

As part of the 14-month program of the MSc in maritime Affairs are fields of specialization as follows;
(a)    Marine Environmental and Ocean Management
(b)    Maritime Education and Training
(c)    Maritime Law and Policy
(d)    Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration
(e)    Port Management
(f)    Shipping Management and Logistics

PPA started sending scholars only this Academic Year 2015 to attend the MSc in Maritime Affairs, Port Management (field of specialization) in World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden.

Brunei Darussalam’s Ports Department Continual Developments Lead to Sustainable, Committed and Efficient Serivces

Muara Port, Brunei Darussalam’s commercial deepwater port has operated for more than 25 years. It was first operated in 1973 and managed by the Royal Custom and Excise Department. After Ports Department was commissioned and took over the management and operations of Muara Port in 1986, the port underwent considerable infrastructure development, in order to cater to the growth in trade import and export.Strategically located in in the ASEAN and BIMP-EAGA Region,Muara Port is pursuing its vision to become a hub port for BIMP-EAGA Region.

Muara Port main operation is cargo and container handling. The Operation Division comprises of Ship Operations, Conventional Terminal, Container Terminal, Passenger Handling and Aggregate Landing Area.

Our customer focus is built on fostering contact with our international and regional business partners including cargo owners, transport operators, terminal operators and shipping lines.

Over the past year, Muara Port has worked to strengthen its customer relations by building mutually beneficial partnership and extending our trade facilitation network interstate, reflecting the port’s trade hub role for Brunei Darussalam.

Ship Operation:

Starting from the channel TanjungPelumpong through Muara Channel, Ports Department provides pilot services to guide the vessels safely to the wharf and tug services to dock the vessels in a secure manner. Other Ship Operation services include Mooring/Unmooring and any other requested services such as supply of fresh water or disposal of waste services. Pilot and Tug Services operate around the clock on a 3-shift basis to provide the most efficient services for a faster turnaround to enable vessels to discharge their cargoes.

Conventional and Container Terminal:

Both the Conventional and Container Terminals offer various cargo handling services to incoming vessels such as 2 Panamax Quay Cranes capable of lifting 40-tonne containers, cargo handling equipment for the Container Yard, an area with the capacity of 3069 ground slots, 145 Reefer points, 5,000 m2 Container Freight Station, 4 Transit Warehouses and various Open Storage Areas for bulk and dangerous goods storage.

The draught has been dredged up to 12.5m to enable large vessels to dock alongside. With a total wharf length of 861m whereby the Muara Conventional Terminal is 611m and the Muara Container Terminal is 250m, both terminals can currently cater for an array of feeder vessels, cruise, RORO and bulk vessels. In the National Development Plan, a project is now ongoing to increase the length of the container terminal for another 150m to 200m.

With the increased wharf length, it is expected that Muara Port will be able to cater for larger vessels with a large capacity of cargo and increase its cargo throughput. This will ultimately contribute to the nation’s economy and GDP through trade.

Passenger Handling:

Among facilities provided by Ports Department to cater the movements of passengers by maritime transport are:

  • Cruise Ship Centre inside Conventional Terminal
  • Car Ferry Terminal at Serasa
  • Passenger Ferry Terminal at Serasa
  • Passenger  and  Boat Terminal at Bangar, Temburong

Cruise Vessels recorded calling at Muara Port are steadily increasing, with an average of 25 vessel calls per year, with the most recorded in the year 2010, where 33 vessels berthed at Muara Port.

Serasa Aggregate Landing Area:

Aggregates or hard stones is in great demand in Brunei Darussalam to supply for building and construction industry such as housing, road expansion, new government buildings, shopping arcades, industrial development in Sungai Liang. This trend is very likely to continue for the next 10 years.

Transportation of imported aggregate is carried out by means of LCT barges. Importations are from Temburong, Sabah and Sarawak.

A dedicated aggregate landing complex facility has been constructed to facilitate the movement of cargo by maritime transport. The provision of facilities and related services necessary for the safe, efficient, secure and reliable operation of port services.

Activities and Business Opportunities:

Muara Port always welcomes direct and feeder shipping services from any port as well as new services such as:

  • Value-added services such as labeling, sorting and marking of goods
  • Assembly of goods
  • Bunkering
  • Good distribution
  • Logistics centre
  • Transshipments

Other Developments:

As the provider of one of the main gateway for trade of import and export goods, Ports Department also strive to continuously upgrade its services in providing smoother cargo movement not only to and from the port and airport, as well as to the border checkpoints to the neighbouring countries. In this regard, Ports Department also provides facilities to store and facilitate cargo processing called Inland Container Depot, located at Muara, Sungai Tujuh and Kuala Lurah.

Ports Departments is also actively working with private sector participation in upgrading existing facilities and services such as provision to upgrade Warehouses and developing a dedicated trailer parking station. Other value added services byMuara Ports services include Bunkering, Container Repair and Waste Reception Facility.



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