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Ports To Introduce Automated System

Ports To Introduce Automated System
December 31
16:26 2014

Come February or March, you would see changed productivity at our international ports.

That’s the phrase of confidence from Ports Terminal Limited when they introduce a worldwide automated system it said would streamline Ports Terminal’s rather obsolete process, this time next week.

The Terminal Operating System helps container, intermodal rail and shipping line terminal operators increase capacity and optimise operations to increase efficiency, lower costs and improve productivity.

With the system, it also means a transition from a paper-based organisation to the paperless and electronic/automated one.

Ports Terminal operations manager, Nabeel Ali said, the system would focus on ship planning and yard planning as these were at the top of their concerns.

Coordinating a handful of containers given the current container yard space was difficult as there was a lot of traffic at port.

He said with the new system and right people they were already equipped with, efficiency could be taken a step further.

“We have put a foundation currently by taking the ship particulars with all required information to be fed into the system,” Mr Ali said.

“And once the ship planning is up and running, everything will be pretty straightforward-everything will be documented in the system.

At the click of a button, exchange of emails and everything from organising of ship berths to placing containers in the ship yards would have been streamlined.

The Ports Terminal with stakeholders would have access to the information through the Electronic Data Interchange.

This system transfers data from one computer system to another by standardized message formatting, without the need for human intervention.

For Lautoka Ports Terminal manager Sanath Kumara, he said the port had undergone many changes.

And Just like Suva Ports Terminal, Lautoka Ports will not compromise productivity and efficiency for the current challenges they face.

“Our biggest challenge is the quay length and the yard space. Sometimes the yard gets congested due to increase of volumes,” Mr Kumara said.

‘Also we hope to have another container handler.”

In order to resolves the issues, Mr Kumara said they have been discussing the arising matter with Fiji Ports Corporation Limited on a regular basis with development has started.

“The development is also handled by FPCL. We have submitted our recommendations to them and what we know is that they have a master plan for all ports,” Mr Kumara said.

“The only way to control is to expedite deliveries and control receiving. We are not permitted to store containers outside our premises.

He said overall the 2014 year was good, and the improvements were quite visible.

“Our main stakeholders such as Punjas and Fiji Water are satisfied, but there is a long way to go.”

He said keeping up with the global environment is another challenge in terms of ensuring safety and providing services is their top priority.



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