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  • 陳亨強: 雖然挑戰很多
    航運業前景仍看俏

    舢順船務運輸有限公司(SAN SUN SHIPPING SDN. BHD.) 董事經理陳亨強表示:"我們公司成于1997年,早期業務主要是木桐,石頭,泥沙以及出口木板等.近年則開拓更多元化的業務,承載碎石,泥沙,建築灰柱,油棕芭PVC水管及灰茼機械車輛等.公司所擁有的兩艘貨船的運輸範圍主要包括第1,2,3,6省."

    貨船運輸業是詩巫這個內陸城鎮最重要的承載行業,除了面對羅厘的競爭之外,到底還會面對什麼挑戰呢?

    詩巫沿海航運公會主席陳亨強表示:我們從事這個行業12以來,最大的挑戰就是油價上漲的問題.由於許多因素,我們的運費往往來不及調整,甚至有時要等到油價漲了一零吉才調整.第二個挑戰就是工人問題,這種技術工人在本地非常難找,所以必須多採用印尼,緬甸,巴基斯坦等國的外勞.通常一艘船都需要7,8個外勞,但是因為他們沒有技術,也不能適應工作環境,所以工作都不長久,流動性很高.第三個問題是拉讓江多沉船,而且河床很淺,造成性船困難.第4個問題是政府的政策時常更改,造成行政運作困難.第5是全球性的景氣不好,而去年就開始的經濟海嘯,把許多生意都拖垮了.因為經濟不好木桐少砍伐了,油棕也沒有什麼價錢,所以建設也緩慢下來.政府鼓勵更過商家從事這個行業,我希望政府可以津貼培訓課程的學員.”

    今年在詩巫沿海航運公會就職禮上,黃順舸表示:”這個行業20%會被淘汰,60%在觀望,20%則在自行轉變.”

    陳亨強表示:”從事這個行業,無論是景氣壞或好,都是最快受影響的.”

    談到目前本公會的狀况時,陳亨強表示:”目前砂拉越註冊的貨船與快艇約有4000多艘,但是只有71間船務公司加入公會,會員船只約有300艘而已,可說是反應冷淡.本公會的入會費只有區區的50令吉,年捐100令吉,我在此鼓勵各相關同業踴躍加入,以同心壯大公會陣容,我們的目標是會員能增至100位.當陣容強大之後,我們才有足夠的份量與政府部門一起合作辦事.這次我們慶祝30週年的活動目標,是希望當晚可以設宴超過100桌,隆重舉行千人宴.”

    談到對航運業的期望時,陳亨強表示:”我希望世界的經濟早日復蘇,砂拉越的木材業與油棕業可以恢復往日的興旺,帶動船運業蓬勃發展,船運業的前景一片美好.”

    詩巫沿海航運公會主席陳亨強

  • Mr. Ting Heng kiong: “Although there are varies challenges but shipping industry still have big potential foregrounds.”

    The Managing Director of SAN SUN SHIPPING SDN BHD stated that: “Our Company was established in year 1997 and mainly focused on transportation of logs, stone, sand and wooden product. In these recent years, we had expanded our business by transporting of crusher run, spun piles, PVC pipes and machineries. We have 2 cargo vessels were operating between 1, 2, 3 and 6 divisions at Sarawak.”

    Shipping is a most important transportation industry in Sibu. Beside rivalry by lorry industry, it is also faced with other challenges.

    The president of Sibu Coastal Shipowner Association also point out the challenges meets by this industry. He said that among 12 years they are involved in this field, the largest challenges was the rises of fuel price. The freight rates cannot adjust paralleling with the fuel prices due to many aspects to be considered. Some times, the operators can only adjust the freight rates after the fuel price had risen around RM1.00 per litter.

    The second challenge is manpower problem. The quantity of qualified local seafarers is very limited and the operators are forced to look for the foreign seafarer like Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan. Normally a single manned vessel requested between 7 to 8 person foreign crews. Unfortunately the foreign crews always cannot stay for long period because of lack of technical knowledge or cannot adapt with the working environment.

    The third challenge was appearing of wracks and the shallow riverbed along the Rejang River which always endanger the vessels. Some times, regularly changes of government policy also challenging the operator in their administration planning. The fifth challenge is recessions of global economic which slow down most of the construction side and factories production indirectly decrease the demand in this industry. We are hopefully government could encourage more company to involve in this industry and also subsidies to the trainers whose are follow the training courses.

    In a former inauguration ceremony of Sibu Coastal Shipowner Association, Dato Seri Wong Soon Koh stated that 20% of the operators in this industrial are going to be eliminated, 60% are situated in straddle period and other 20% are in self transformation.

    The president stated that: “whichever an economy status, shipping industry will always be the fastest affected industry.”

    President also stated that: “At present, the registered cargo ship and express boat in Sarawak are around 4000 vessels but there are only 71 shipping companies which involved only 300 ships registered become member of association. The association are only collect RM50 for a registration fee and RM100 for an annual fee. So we are encourage more shipping company to join and enlarge the association, our target are 100 members. We are hopefully the association will growth and have enough strength to involve in the discussion with government in the future planning. In this thirtieth anniversary celebration, we hope to attract more then thousand participants to join us in the celebration.”

    When asked about the ambition for an industry, the president expressed: “I hope that the economic will recover faster, Sarawak timber and palm oil industrial can revive as former thrive and reactive the shipping industry in this state.”