Dear Esteemed MASA Members,

Good day & hope all in good health.

We would like to extend Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)’s invitation to participate in an online forum titled “Togetherness in Moving Forward for Maritime Global Competitiveness”, in which MASA Chairman Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Md Amin is invited as one of the panellist.

The programme tentative is attached for your kind attention and reference.

  1. Date          : 16 March 2021 (Tuesday)
  2. Time         : 00 am
  • Platform   : Cisco Webex
  1. Link          : https://umt.webex.com/umt/j.php?MTID=m16e0ec78b61ec35a34f4af95423ac85d


If you’re interested to join, please register directly at https://forms.gle/ZmoUSrkJaT2K79Uf9.

For more information and further queries, please contact UMT’s personnel: 

  • Prof. Madya Datin Dr. Norhayati Hj. Shariff (Penyelaras, ICoE Kluster Maritim) 019-730 3233/ 09-668 4599 dnoor@umt.edu.my
  • En. Muhd Nurazuar Mohammad Razmi (Penolong Pendaftar) 016-960 6500/ 09-668 4923 azuar.m@umt.edu.my


Thank you and regards,

“Towards Maritime Excellence”

MASA Secretariat


Dear Esteemed MASA Members,

Port Klang Authority (PKA) has issued Pekeliling Pengurus Besar Bilangan 01/2021 (JGM) [Ref: LPK:PB/600-4/1 Jld.3 (10)] entitled LANGKAH-LANGKAH MENANGANI PENULARAN COVID-19 SEMASA KETIBAAN DAN OPERASI KAPAL DI PELABUHAN KLANG as follows: –


Thank you and regards,

“Towards Maritime Excellence”

Vessel shortage delays shippers

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

MALAYSIAN shippers are scrambling to secure containers from any available shipping services at premium rates, or have to rely on air freight for urgent shipments due to container and vessel capacity shortage.

The space and vessel shortages are mainly for trade with Australia, Europe, the US and Japan, said Malaysian National Shippers Council (MNSC) chairman Datuk Dr Ir Andy Seo.

“Concerns have been raised that the shortages will further peak once companies in China go back to full operations after the Chinese New Year.

“This issue is further exacerbated as shippers are also hit with skyrocketing freight rates and port congestion, especially in Port Klang,” he told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

Based on feedback received from shippers, freight rates are now much higher between US$6,000 and US$10,000 (RM40,500) per container compared to US$55-US$300 per container before the pandemic.

Seo said shippers face difficult decisions daily on whether to ship and incur high export costs or not to ship and lose their export markets.

He stressed that the high freight rates are also forcing foreign buyers to delay their orders, hoping that the shipment costs will decrease in coming months, thus shippers are losing out on export revenue.

“The port congestions and terminal disruptions in Port Klang are not just caused by ports trying to funnel large numbers of containers through their gateways, but also due to inadequate port equipment and bottlenecks faced in Customs clearance for import shipments requiring inspections by other government agencies (OGAs).

“The port congestion has led to significant shipment delays of between two and three weeks which has caused a ripple effect throughout the supply chain and it will eventually impact the businesses and consumers worldwide,” he added.

Following MNSC’s discussion with the Ministry of Transport and respective government agencies held on Dec 28, 2020, it was agreed that more coordinated efforts are needed among all stakeholders to address the port congestion issues at least within the control of Malaysian authorities and the private sector.

“We note that efforts have been undertaken by various parties, which include the establishment of a task force comprising Royal Malaysian Customs and OGAs with Westports Holdings Bhd and Northport (M) Bhd to facilitate and expedite the inspection of containers, and both terminals are working to increase port equipment, systems and facilities to cater to the high volume of containers.

“However, we urge the government to expedite these improvements to ensure a more coordinated and cohesive effort is carried out to enable faster turnaround of container clearance at the ports,” he said.

Seo said there are no winners from port congestion and transport logistics networks are being impacted by it.

“The biggest losers, while these issues continue, will be importers and exporters, cargo owners and, ultimately, end-users.

“Therefore, MNSC calls on the government’s support to assist shippers during this critical time, especially by providing more tax incentives such as tax rebates, double tax deductions and to expand the temporary relief offered under the Market Development Grant for the reimbursement of logistic costs related to exports to include reimbursement claims for import shipments,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) chairman Datuk Ir Abdul Hak Md Amin said Covid-19 infected the shipping crews that led to the loss of sailings and schedule punctuality.

“The infected crew needs to be replaced by another certified person. You need only one crew to get infected, and this will lead to between 10 and 14 days of downtime. In the end, the cargo delivery was delayed.

“Not to mention the additional cost that shipping companies need to bear. These were more significant to container shipping where ‘punctuality and as per published schedule’ is the name of the game,” he told TMR.

He said the port operation efficiency and port productivity were negatively affected, creating serious port congestion for ships waiting to berth up to between five and six days, as well as container yard congestion.

“As a result, domestic containers again suffered from loss of sailings and liner schedule punctuality was upside down.

“The domestic containers turnaround days were lengthened as the East Malaysian consignees needed extra days to clear their cargo, resulting in a longer container turnaround time and certain carriers experiencing temporary container shortage at the major load ports like Port Klang and Penang,” he explained.

Unlike the long-haul container shipping freight, the domestics trade freight level remains largely the same because most of the domestics container shipping lines are dedicated Malaysia-based containers operators, and their containers are circulating between East and West Malaysia ports only.

“It’s time for the policymaker to rethink to reinstate the cabotage policy. Imagine if there are no dedicated domestic container shipping lines around, surely the local exporters and importers will have to pay exorbitant freight charges and there is also a strong likelihood the East Malaysia supply chain would be at risk,” Abdul Hak said.

It is likely these challenges due to the pandemic faced by MASA members may persist until the second half of 2021, unless the herd immunity can be achieved earlier, he added.

MASA also urged the government to consider local seafarers, port officers, cargo surveyors, shipping agents, mooring gangs, pilots and classification surveyors to be vaccinated first as marine transportation services are classified by Malaysian law as essential services.

— Source from The Malaysian Reserve by NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic by ARIF KARTONO

Pengesahan Pengoperasian Perkhidmatan Perlu (Essential Services) Sepanjang Tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP)

Dear Esteemed MASA Members,

Good day & hope all in good health.

Referring to the recent announcement by YAB Prime Minister, the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be implemented from 13 to 26 January 2021. The logistics sector has been identified as one of the essential services that have been approved to continue operating throughout the MCO.

In this regard, Ministry of Transport (MoT) has confirmed that companies registered with Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) can operate during the MCO period, subject to conditions set by the National Security Council (MKN), state governments and local authorities. Attached herewith, MoT’s official letter concerning the above for your kind attention and reference.

With the issuance of the letter, all companies registered under MASA can use it for operating approval. Companies shall submit the letter together with proof of MASA membership, as and when, requested by authorities.

Companies are fully responsible to comply with the conditions set by the Government. Compounding offenses in accordance with Section 25, Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act [Act 342] will be imposed if failed to comply.

Should members have any complaints/ further inquiries, please contact:

  1. aduan@mot.gov.my (email)
  2. 019-2907723 (WhatsApp)
  3. 1800-88-7723 (MOT Hotline, 8.00 am to 6.00 pm)
  4. 03-88882010 (Pusat Pengurusan Operasi Negara, Majlis Keselamatan Negara)




Malaysia companies have capabilities to do undersea cable repairs – MASA

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 2  — Malaysian companies have the capabilities to conduct subsea cable repairs, insists the Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA).

MASA is happy with the government’s recent decision to revoke the cabotage exemption allowing foreign-flagged ships to repair undersea cables in Malaysian waters.

Its chairman Datuk Abdul Hak Md Amin said Malaysian companies owned a total of four qualified and certified cable ships, currently used by the industry for installation and maintenance of undersea cables.

He said the companies have over 40 years’ experience in cable repair and cable link but unfortunately sought opportunities in other countries like Indonesia and registered their vessels there as they could not secure such business in Malaysia.

“They are going to register one of their vessels back in Malaysia if they have business here,” he told a press conference here today.

The cabotage exemption for foreign vessels was granted in April 2019 by former Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook following requests from telecommunication companies.

The exemption, which was revoked on Nov 15, previously allowed foreign companies and vessels to carry out repair works on submarine cables without the need to apply for a domestic shipping licensing exemption.

When the exemption was in force, all underwater cable repairs in Malaysian waters were undertaken by a Singapore-registered company, and this had a counter-productive effect in stimulating competition, said Abdul Hak.

He said the repair operations took between 29 and 48 days, much longer than the prevalent belief that the exemption was needed to bring down repair time to fewer than 27 days.

Abdul Hak stressed that the revocation would not create a monopoly for Malaysian companies, as foreign companies would still be allowed to work in the country.

“If the telcos apply (for repair works), we’ll see, after two days, if there is no Malaysian ship, we will inform the Ministry of Transport and we can bring in foreign ships. That only takes two to three days,” he said.

He further assured that the revocation would not affect internet speeds and services.

During the cabotage exemption period when the Singapore company took up to 48 days to conduct the repairs, no major disruptions to Malaysian internet services were recorded, he said.

On concerns that cable repair costs might escalate, Abdul Hak said the cabotage policy has no impact on the price of repairs as it was governed by maintenance zones.

“What drives the pricing is the competition between the zones, and we believe the current revocation will help stimulate this competition,” he said.

— Source from BERNAMA

Link to related News:

  1. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/12/02/shipping-body-lauds-cabotage-exemption-revocation-wants-it-to-be-permanent/FMT NEWS
  2. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/singaporean-company-monopolises-submarine-cable-repairs-thanks-cabotage-exemption-%E2%80%94-masaTHE EDGE MARKETS
  3. https://www.malaymail.com/news/money/2020/12/02/malaysia-shipowners-association-local-companies-have-capabilities-to-do-und/1928263 MALAYMAIL
  4. https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/8187/spore-firm-monopolising-undersea-cable-repairs-shipowners-groupTHE VIBES
  5. https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/553497MALAYSIAKINI
  6. https://www.kosmo.com.my/2020/12/02/dasar-kabotaj-selamatkan-industri-perkapalan-domestik/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dasar-kabotaj-selamatkan-industri-perkapalan-domestik – KOSMO
  7. https://youtu.be/dKMtgTS22KkKiniTV
  8. https://youtu.be/HuYxi7TvBJQTHE STAR

Webinar: “SHIP MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT MALAYSIA-JAPAN Online Business Matching Forum 2020”

MASA wishes to extend Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA)’s invitation to “SHIP MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT MALAYSIA-JAPAN Online Business Matching Forum 2020” on 27th November – 18th December 2020.

If you are interested to participate, please register directly at: https://www.jsmea.or.jp/en/seminar/2020/malaysia/.

For video reference on online registration, please click here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/480687582

Courtesy visit by Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia

Malaysia Shipowners Association (MASA) Chairman, Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Md Amin received a courtesy visit from the Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia represented by Capt. Supendi, MM.Tr, Transportation Attache and Mokh. Farid Maruf, Education and Cultural Attache.

Issues centred on the Malaysia-Indonesia maritime industry were discussed during the two hours meeting.