News Release

25th May 2003

Jakarta International Container Terminal and CMA-CGM Commence Trial Call for Direct Service to Europe


Jakarta, 25 May 2003 – Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) today received a new trial call by CMA-CGM to Europe and Mediterranean with a 2,462-TEU vessel “MV. CMA-CGM Makassar” which berthed at JICT Terminal 1 North Berth at 07.00 hours. The vessel with a length of 242.8 metres with a dead-weight of 43,941 tonnes, will start its trial rotation through Singapore, Port Klang, Malta, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Peraus, Malta and Jakarta.

This direct port call provides a direct westbound linkage from Jakarta to Le Havre, Rotterdam and Malta. The service is an additional call made by CMA-CGM as a result of the increasing shipping from Jakarta to Europe. Commenting on the new service, Mr. JC Tassoni, owner representative of CMA-CGM said, “We are starting this service because there is a demand from shippers to provide a space guarantee and a reliable shipment option to Europe and Mediterranean. CMA-CGM thinks this trial call will provide shippers the right solution and become a fixed service in the near future.”

President Director of JICT, Mr. W.S. Wirjawan commented, “Over the past few years JICT has put much effort in enhancing its facilities in order to attract a greater number of direct services. We are very please these efforts are bearing fruit.” He further added, “We have our new berths completed; new state-of-the-art equipment, including Post-Panamax Quay Cranes and Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes, operational and our highly integrated computer system is running smoothly. We are very confident that JICT will provide CMA-CGM, and all our customers, the best service possible and the flexibility they desire.”