Thursday, January 19, 2012

Container transit in Singapore continued to decrease


The volume containers which transit at the Port of Singapore continued to decrease. In 2009 as many as 60-65 percent of containers from Tanjung Priok, Jakarta has to transit in Singapore, while in 2010 only 20 percent, but now only 18 percent. In 2011, Pelindo II has discharged nearly 6 million units of 20-foot container.

"This accomplishment is due to the better performance of Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, the equipments more complete. The container to East Asia has shipped without transit in Singapore, "said Director of PT Pelindo II, RJ Lino.

Lino said in 2012 Pelindo II is also working to achieve the standard port of the world. "In the ports of the world, after (vessel) berthing, only took 15 minutes for loading and unloading. In Tanjung Priok still need 15-30 minutes, but at the other Indonesia ports it took two hours, "he said.

Lino asserted, Pelindo II will help the government accelerate work Inaport site so that standard is reached. "What also becomes the bottleneck is the desire to go up and down the quarantine on all vessels. That's a long time, "he said.

At the end of 2012, said Lino, Pelindo has finished installing vessel traffic information system (VTIS). With the device, vessel traffic can be regulated electronically, with no radio communication.

The bottom line, says Lino, all efforts aimed at revamping ports to reduce costs and optimize the logistics of port infrastructure without having to invest too big.
"In February 2012, a container vessel with a capacity of 5000 TEUs will be bert at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. Soon, container vessel with a capacity of 6000 TEU will also come. With a large vessel, transiting in Singapore no longer needed, "said Lino.

Shipping industry observers from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology, Saut Gurning said, if the Korea, China, and Japan destination without having to transit in Singapore, logistics costs are more competitive.

"The container vessel which more likely to stop at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta is interesting from economies of scale. More efficient. However, it should be noted, not only the size of vessel that are important, but also requires the availability of routes and frequencies are competitive, "said Saut Gurning.