DHL Express launched its first Yellow Boat delivery service on Tuesday (Dec 7) to provide a more reliable and efficient way of transporting goods between Batam and Singapore. The innovative service is part of DHL’s commitment to using multi transport modes to improve transit time for shipments between Batam and to the rest of the world – thus offering competitive edge to customers at Batam.
The new DHL Batam Yellow Boat has a capacity of 35 tons, operating two times a day and six days a week between Sekupang (Batam) and Brani Port (Singapore). This service allows shipments to connect to the air network of DHL’s South Asia Hub in Singapore and also its Central Asia Hub in Hong Kong.
Christopher Ong, Managing Director, DHL Express Singapore said, “Singapore has always played a strategic role in our multi-hub network strategy for the Asia Pacific region, and notably the Southeast Asia region. We have seen rising intra-Asia trade volumes as well as international shipment growth for Batam over the past year. The introduction of this new mode of delivery is very timely and is set to open new doors for more growing economies like Batam in this region served by our South Asia Hub in Singapore.”
Ahmad Mohamad, Senior Technical Advisor DHL Express Indonesia said, “We provide reliable and efficient express shipping services between Batam and Singapore and to the rest of the world. This is a dedicated DHL Express boat to ensure consistent high level of reliability and quality service.”
Furthermore, Ahmad explained, “This innovative service was introduced as part of DHL’s commitment to using multi-modal transportation services maximizing efficiency and improving quality of service. Transit times between Batam and the rest of the world will be improved and this will be the competitive advantage for all our customers.”
The introduction of the DHL Batam Yellow Boat supports the government’s initiative of establishing the two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Batam. It is aligned with the Batam business expansion plan which includes more data centers, relevant services supporting the digital economy, aviation industry and further strengthening the efficient manufacturing base in the Asia Pacific.
Ahmad added, “The presence of the DHL Batam Yellow Boat will contribute to the economic growth in Batam and the Riau Islands, through its reliable services. This optimism comes with the strong ground, as the Riau Islands’ economy continues to improve despite the pandemic.”
“Seeing the improved economic growth, DHL Express Indonesia is optimistic that the DHL Batam Yellow Boat will play its role in working together with business community and government agencies to enhance the economic growth of Batam and Riau Islands,” he added.