New infrastructure development this year has included expansion of the container yard and commissioning a new technologically advanced control tower. In addition, JICT has taken delivery of four new super-post-Panamax quay cranes, two fabricated in Indonesia, six one-over-six RTG cranes, the first in Indonesia, along with 26 terminal tractors. Future investment will increase JICT’s capacity to over 3m teus.
Terminal productivity has risen from an average 18 crane moves per hour 10 years ago to almost 29 moves per hour today on the North Berth, a 60% improvement. Following the delivery of the super-post-Panamax cranes earlier this year JICT has the capability to achieve an overall vessel operating rate of 90 moves per hour.
Attending the inauguration ceremony, Indonesia’s Minister of Trade, Mrs Mari Elka Pangestu, said, “As the biggest archipelago in the world, sea transportation is a vital sector in Indonesia’s international trade and transportation. Therefore, in the future, Indonesia must have international standard ports, to ensure our export competitiveness through the continuous improvement of infrastructure, human resource quality and technology, as well as customer services.”
HPH’s group managing director John Meredith said, “Tanjung Priok now has the water depth, supporting equipment and systems together with the productivity that lines demand. This will reduce Indonesia’s heavy reliance upon expensive offshore transhipment and offer a more cost effective and efficient service to its domestic and international customers alike. This is good news for the Indonesian economy.”