Ideas Emerge at APA Meeting in Bali

15 November 2023

ASEAN Port Association explores Maritime Single Window development.

The 47th ASEAN Port Association (APA) meeting is being held in Kuta, Badung District, Bali from 14 to 17 November 2023. The conference will discuss efforts to reduce logistics costs incurred by port service users. One way of achieving this is building a ‘single maritime ecosystem.’

On the agenda is the development of the ASEAN Maritime Single Window to support connectivity and reduce logistics costs in the Southeast Asian region.

The director of Human Resources and General Affairs at state-run port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo), Ihsanuddin Usman, said that his organization has made efforts to shorten the duration of port stay and cargo stay by unifying service and payment systems through digital applications. “For instance, what used to take three days now only takes one day at Pelindo ports,” he said in a report carried by Antara news agency.

He urged port operators in the ASEAN region to intensify cooperation in order to bring down logistics costs. “High logistics costs are a challenge to economic growth,” Usman stated on the sidelines of the meeting on Tuesday.

He invited port operators in the Southeast Asian region to mobilize resources and share experiences and technological innovations to encourage cost reduction, so as to contribute more to the performance of port operators and users of port and terminal services.

Through this improvement in efficiency, port operations can be conducted more quickly and fuel costs can be reduced, so that ship rental costs can be lowered.

According to Usman, Pelindo has also invited port operators in ASEAN to increase cooperation in maritime connectivity and infrastructure to make it more efficient, effective, and sustainable. He believes they can stimulate economic growth by strengthening collective cooperation to create a good climate to attract investment.

The company has introduced the Bali Maritime Tourism Hub (BMTH) that is expected to become the gateway to the ASEAN maritime industry.

Work on BMTH is being expedited, with the completion targeted during 2024. “The synergy between tourism and port activities creates opportunities for sustainable growth,” Mr Usman affirmed.

You may also be interested in our related article on Pelindo’s improved port efficiency.

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