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    Why Is Ocean Freight More Advantageous Than Air Freight?

    The two major ways of transporting cargo overseas is air freight and ocean fright. Due to rapid globalization and advancement of technology, businesses have got much more opportunities to expand as well as explore their network of consumers and suppliers. Unlike earlier, the transactions in the global market have become much easier due to the presence of advanced communication tools. International shipping has become a part and parcel of every business. The surge in demand of international shipping has forced the shipping companies to continuously evolve so as to provide the best services to the clients. Before the various other shipping options came into existence, all complies relied solely on ocean freight as a means to transport freight to various overseas locations. This is a tried and tested method of transportation and the practices that various shipping companies have been following since long have successfully overcome all the challenges faced in shipping. Ocean fright is a much more popular option than sea freight due to the following reasons:

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    Garuda Indonesia Achieves Five Star Predicate from APEX

    The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), a non-profit association for enhanced passenger flight experience based in New York, United States, named Garuda Indonesia a five-star (5-Star Airlines) airline. The award ceremony was held at the ceremonial event of APEX Award Ceremony Expo 2017 held in Long Beach, California, some time ago.

    At the awards ceremony, Garuda Indonesia was selected as one of 22 global airlines announced as Five Star Recipients of the 2018 Official Airline Ratings, the first flight rating program based on verified and certified passenger feedback.

    In addition to the ratings from APEX, Garuda Indonesia has also earned the title as “The World’s 5-Star Airline” from Skytrax, an independent flight rating agency based in London, since December 2014.

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    Unfounded Panic Causing Some Holiday Cancellations

    Tourism Minister Says Cancellations to Bali Running at 20-30% Due to Concern Over Mount Agung


    After insisting just a week before that airline, hotels and attractions in Bali were not affected by cancellations connected to raised alert levels for volcanic Mount Agung, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism has now admitted to Kompas.com that cancellations are running at levels of 20-30% or around 60,000 international tourists during the current month.

    “For tourism. Maybe we must now mention (cancelations). There are cancellations, but the precise number is unknown, perhaps 20-30%,” said Minister Arief Yahya in Jakarta on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

    Yahya said that an average 15,000 foreign tourists arrive in Bali every day with an overall average length of stay of four days.

    The Ministe estimates, base on an average length-of-stay of 4 days and that some 60,000 foreign tourists are on the island at any one time. As explained by the Minister, the calculation is arrived at by multiplying 15,000 arrivals by the length of stay (4 days).

    The Minister says it is difficult to identify the number of cancellations of individual travel programs to Bali due to a lack of concrete data, compelling him to try to extrapolate his own assessment based on average arrivals and average length of stay.

    He therefore estimates that 20-30% of trips planned for Bali are bring cancelled.

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    Drones deployed by National Disaster Mitigation Agency to monitor activity at Bali’s Mount Agung volcano

    Mount Agung on Oct. 11, 2017. Photo via PVMBG

    The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed three drones this week to monitor the conditions of Bali’s rumbling and smoking volcano, Mount Agung.

    The volcano, located in Bali’s Karangasem regency, about 75 kilometers from tourist-hub Kuta, is threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

    These drones are a grade above than the average hobby pilot you see on the beach, according to BNPB chief Willem Rampangilei, who said they have a multiroter, a wasp, and a Koax 3.0—the latter which can go up to 4,000 meters altitude.

    The drones are being used to survey Agung, starting from Pura Pasar Agung Selat, Rumah Pohon Tulamben, and Kubu.

    The public can monitor Agung, themselves, from home (or anywhere really with internet access) via a livestream set up by Telksomsel and the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), which has CCTVs posted at two different points, overlooking the volcano.

    Mount Agung has been on level IV, the highest alert level for an eruption, since it was upgraded on Sept. 22. A danger zone of nine to 12 kilometers from the volcano’s crater has been set up, and posts are now up to block people from climbing up the volcano that could erupt at any moment–yes that’s a real problem

    PVMBG has been recording hundreds of volcanic earthquakes daily, an unprecedented level since Agung’s 1963 eruption. All the rumbling, along with a fissure vent that’s opened up at the crater, signal rising magma.

    Though the volcano has been on level IV for nearly three weeks, its status hasn’t been downgraded for a reason. Volcanologists have said they believe an eruption is “more likely” than no eruption, it’s just unclear when that will, which has stranded an estimated 185,865 evacuees who have left their homes from inside the danger zone.

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/drones-deployed-national-disaster-mitigation-agency-monitor-balis-mount-agung-volcano/
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