One of the oldest shipping companies in Indonesia, Meratus Line started life as a humble shipping service answering to the nation's call for relief during the famine that had struck the island of Kalimantan in 1957. Bringing basic supplies from Surabaya to Banjarmasin on a single vessel, this service helped ease social tensions and escalating prices of food stuff in Kalimantan at that time. 50 years on, with a fleet of 31 vessels plying between 17 ports across the Indonesian archipelago, Meratus Line stands proudly among the most dynamic and respected shipping companies in Indonesia.
Known for its pioneering spirit and tenacity, Meratus Line has collected a number of enviable accolades under its belt. The company was the first in Indonesia to introduce fully containerized inter-island shipping following deregulation of the industry in the early 1990s. Armed with unwavering determination to connect Indonesia's numerous islands spread across 6,400 km, Meratus was the first shipping line to venture into as many as 17 areas, which were then considered remote, to set up new ports and open shipping services. This certainly changed the fate of many sleepy towns as the flow of goods brought economic activity and development.
Meratus Line was also the first Indonesian shipping company to adopt the International Bill of Leding and Third Party Liability Insurance, thus paving the way for internationalization of operational standards in the Indonesian shipping industry.
Feeding the Life Line of The Country
Operating owned and chartered vessels carrying both Carrier Owned Containers and Shipper Owned Containers as well as break bulk cargo, today Meratus connects the ports of Jakarta, Surabaya, Makasar, Kendari, Pantoloan, Toli-Toli, Medan, Padang, Benoa, Kupang, Sampit, Banjarmasin, Bontang, Samarinda, Kumai, Dili, and Benete.
Through successful collaboration with various strategic international partners, the company provides international feeder and through transport services for international routes and more importantly the export of Indonesian origin cargo throughout the world.
With the modern container yards and container freight stations fully equipped for cargo handling and its own stevedoring, logistics and freight forwarding companies, Meratus Line is able to provide reliable and comprehensive door to door services to its clients.
In spite of the tough credit environment faced by the Indonesian shipping industry, the company has recently launched MV Meratus Borneo, a new container deck ship specially designed for shallow draft passages and ports in the country. Delivery of a second container deck vessel is expected by early 2008 and three more vessels are presently under construction as part of the company's fleet regeneration and expansion strategy.
Unlike the common container barge ships used in Indonesia, Meratus Borneo has been designed and built in compliance with both Indonesian Classification Bureau (BKI) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards, making the vessel sea-worthy in Indonesian and international waters.
Boasting two cranes with a heavy lift capacity of 45 tons each and a bow thruster, which affords excellent maneuverability, Meratus Borneo provides optimal efficiency and reliability for shipment of cargo to shallow draft ports without the assistance of tug boats. The vessel currently services the Surabaya – Sampit route and is expected to increase cargo shipment by up to 30 percent by end 2008.
Charting New Waters
Traditionally focused on building the transportation network within Indonesia through containerized and break bulk cargo services, the last two years has seen the company setting its sights further a field. In response to changing market dynamics and growing demand, Meratus Line is now exploring new business opportunities and venturing into new territories in collaboration with a number of strategic international partners.
In 2005, Meratus Line together with K-Line, signed an agreement with BP plc to build and operate three LNG Carriers to transport LNG cargo from Tangguh, Papua to K-Power and Posco in Korea and Sempra in Mexico. The 153,000 m3 capacity vessels are being constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in Korea and are expected to commence operation by end 2008.
The same year, Meratus Line also signed an agreement with Pacific Carrier Line (PCL) of Singapore to establish Mandiri Abadi Maritim, which provides tug and oil barges weighing 370 feet and coal loader for cape sized vessels in South Kalimantan.
Adding yet another pioneering accomplishment to its list of firsts is the opening of the first direct Indonesia – North Western Australia shipping service under the brand MOCEAN Shipping. Headquartered in Singapore, this new joint venture between Meratus Line and Ocean Shipping of Australia transports containerized, break bulk and project cargoes on the Territory Trader, which calls at the ports of Singapore, Jakarta and the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier in Australia.
This new service will provide the business community with enhanced transit time, efficiency and resource optimization by delivering alternative options for shippers/receivers and has the potential to unlock new trading opportunities between Indonesia and Northern Australia.
Through utilization of Meratus' extensive facilities in Surabaya and its comprehensive network of connections throughout Indonesia, MOCEAN Shipping will also be able to provide regular and efficient through services for Australian companies looking to export to the large mining and oil and gas operations in Eastern Indonesia and vice versa. ***
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