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Passionate About Efficiency

Ports Terminal Limited has done extremely well and good for the economy as far as port efficiency is concerned. Given Government’s bright move on a public-private partnership with Sri Lanka’s
17 Dec 2014 12:16
Passionate About  Efficiency

Ports Terminal Limited has done extremely well and good for the economy as far as port efficiency is concerned.

Given Government’s bright move on a public-private partnership with Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence, the positive view from stakeholders is that turnaround time has improved when compared to yesteryear.

 

This week we feature Hathika Bendara Dela, the chief operating officer for Ports Terminal who has become quite famous in the local industry.

Mr Dela is passionate about port efficiency in Fiji and says this can only be improved when staff members are provided with facilities and know-how to achieve their goals.

 

We hear you have adopted a new software to better reflect the changes and improving of technology. Please discuss?

The software PBS is an Australian one. What we’ve done is developed a computer software to meet our requirements and its almost done. Recently last week we added ship planning software… so now it’s a permanent operating shifter for us.

Simply put, we have customised the software so that we can simplify it better for our people.

 

 Please discuss more immediate investments ahead?

We have already placed an order for 16 terminal tractors. We’re spending almost $2.2 million again. And we have just spent almost $500,000 on new gear. And also with the new system we have invested almost $200,000.

And yes, we will keep on investing until we reach the level that we have the advantage in moving forward. My personal opinion you won’t be able to survive. So we need to keep on improving.

 

What’s your reflection of the improvements undertaken?

We can’t say we have improved. The day that we achieve a certain level of productivity, you will see other ports within the Pacific islands also wish to follow because the competition is so much we need to keep on improving.

We prefer to stay foolish and we prefer to stay hungry. When you’re foolish you can learn, when you’re hungry you can get.?

 

There’s been definitely a lot of new equipment and upgrade changes in terms of equipment. What do these mean for the Ports Terminal?

 

These are all CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) for us. And being a finance institute our gaining from CAPEX is almost zero and when we look at our Return on Investments (ROI) of these machines it comes to a huge amount of money.

But the benefit will be for our customers and not just with us.

Buying a new machine is a burden for us and we have found that we need to maintain it, we need to employ the drivers to drive.

Any company will know that it is pure cost but when you interpret that cost as a form of improvement for stakeholders only then does it makes sense.

 

Government’s objectives for the Public Private Partnership are:

• Increase efficiency and productivity of cargo operations of Suva and Lautoka wharves

• Increase the profitability of Fiji’s major ports operations

• Reduce the cost of doing business in Fiji through the elimination of shipping premiums

• Introduce and maintain best practices in Fijian ports operations and management

• Boost safety processes for port workers and the security of operations

• Introduce and apply proven port management skills and technology

• Upgrade the professional skills of port managers, staff and workers

• Generate real growth in Fijian jobs in wharf operations as well as in all associated sectors of the economy.

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