11 October 2023
The Port of Jayapura, situated in Papua, has been undergoing slow but sure improvement since the operator, PT Pelindo (Pelindo Terminal Petikemas Sub-holding/SPTP) installed their digitalization based program.
Papua has a reputation for the highest logistics costs in Indonesia and Jayapura Port gets criticised for its low performance, yet it is an essential distribution centre to 14 regencies within the province. Some of those destinations are inaccessible by road and cargo has to be delivered from the port by air.
However, there has been noticeable improvement over the past two years. PT Pelindo’s transformation programs through digitalization and planning control-based operation have helped to fasten the process of stevedoring at the berth, loading/unloading at the container yard (CY), and the process of delivery and receiving to/from the terminal.
Supported by its facilities of 2 QC (Quay crane), 4 RTGs (Rubber Tired Gantry), 3 Reach Stakers, 2 Forklifts, 4 head trucks, 4 trontons, 1 CY crane, 1 pilot boat, and 1 tug boat, its port stay and cargo stay have shortened significantly, plus the stevedoring process known as ‘box/ship/hour’ (BSH) has increased significantly.
Terminal Head TPK Jayapura, Ms Welta Selfie, explained that such achievement was reached through appropriate transformation without investment for facilities and equipment. “No additional equipment of QC, nor RTG and reach stakers, except that we do planning control-based operation to optimize their (equipment) productivity, in addition to add our work day on Sunday. And, of course, we improve our human resources capability in line with our transformation steps in operation,” she said in an interview with the Indonesia Shipping Gazette (ISG).
According to data quoted by ISG, the Jayapura port stay for a vessel has shortened from 36 to only 17 hours. The BSH has increased from 18 to 52, largely as a result of the addition of Sunday as a work day.
Up until August 2023, TPK Jayapura throughput reached 51,713 TEUs, down from 62,007 TEUs in the same period last year (January-August 2022). However, PT Pelindo is optimistic to reach yearly target of 2023, which is contracted to 98,294 TEUs.
Freight forwarders and shipping lines give credit to the adoption of IBS (Integrated Billing System) for the improved speed in both document processing and container delivery.
Read our related article on Indonesia’s Logistics Performance HERE.
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