Sunday, January 22, 2012

TANJUNG PRIOK to get new IT system to ease congestion


State-owned port operator Pelindo II will install a new information technology system at Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta, the country's main shipment gateway, in the middle of this year to help ease congestion, reported the Jakarta Post.

Pelindo II president director Richard Joost Lino said that his company would use the IT system to monitor vessel traffic online.

"With this system, we can ease vessel congestion as well as decrease the number of vessel collisions. The system will make the work flow at Tanjung Priok port more effective and efficient," Lino said.

Pelindo II has allocated US$11.55 million to build the IT system, he said.

By the end of 2011, container traffic at the port had reached 5.47 million TEUs, surpassing the maximum capacity of five million TEUs.  In 2009, traffic was at 3.7 million TEUs and in 2010 at 4.7 million TEUs.

"We have also converted a 1,000 sq m plot of land in Terminal three into an international container terminal to help ease the traffic," he said.

Pelindo II will inform the port's service users about the IT system, and expects them to fully adapt to the system within six months, he added.

"We must be able to decrease the container idle time from six days to three days in near future," he said.

Pelindo II will also install the vessel traffic information system at Palembang, Pontianak, and Jambi ports in 2013, he said.

Pelindo II has also been mulling buying new container loading cranes, comprising two quay container cranes (QCC) and 11 luffing container cranes.

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