Surabaya (ANTARA News) - A giant Container Crane (CC) worth 5.5 million US dollars ordered by PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) from Argentine, has left Batam Port for Surabaya`s Tanjung Perak port.
"The giant CC left Batam yesterday (Feb 27), and scheduled to arrive in Tanjung Perak on March 8," spokesman for PT TPS Iwan Sabatini said here on Thursday.
To boost its cargo handling capacity, PT TPS will have this new CC estimated at 5.5 million US dollars ordered from Argentine. The giant crane had been imported in knocked-down condition (CKD), and will be assembled in Tanjung Perak.
Iwan also said that actually the CC was supposed to have arrived in Batam a year ago, but the delay was caused by technicalities and adverse weather conditions.
The new CC will be replacing the CC-07 also owned by TPS which was seriously damaged after being swept by the Viona Typhoon on February 7, 2002, and will first undergo a three-month trial operation, and will be ready for active duty starting in June.
The newcomer will bring the total number of TPS giant cranes to nine at the international pier and two at the domestic quays of Tanjung Perak port.
The container handling capacity of TPS currently standing at an average of 40 boxes per ship per hour, is expected to increase reaching 45-50 boxes per ship per hour.
The flow of containers at PT TPS in 2006 reached 1,053,466 twenty equivalent units (teus), and in 2007 reached 1,119,352 teus.
Iwan explained further that the newcomer is expected to maintain the quality of service which is indicated in reduced berthing time.
Berthing time currently stands at an average of 19.22 hours, and is expected to be shortened to 17.60 hours.
"The shortest possible duration of the berthing time is very important for shipping companies, so that their ships could reach their next destinations much earlier," he said.
However he also admitted that 2008 would be a year full of challenges to TPS, because not only will it be facing demands for higher productivity by using a new CC, it will also try hard to win an ISO 28000 for safety, or for its status promotion from ISPS Code to ISO 28000, for more integrated safety handling.
Safety in the terminal area will be improved, therefore all these need external support from the Association of Land Transport (Organda) as well as from shipping companies.
Besides ISO 28000, TPS in 2008 will also try to win an ISO 27000 for information technology (IT).
As TPS runs international ports, and had teamed up with the Dubai Port World (DPW) which has a network of 60 major ports across the world, proper handling of IT is very important.
"It was hoped that the new certification would be gained in April 2008 concurrently with TPS` ninth founding anniversary," Iwan said.
PT TPS is a subsidiary of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III through a tender for privatization of the Terminal Peti Kemas Unit (UTPK) of Surabaya won by P&O Port Australia in 1999 before eventually transferred to DPW. (*)