Innovez One to implement digital platform at two Indonesian ports

Innovez One to implement digital platform at two Indonesian ports
Containers in Indonesia, Credit: Pexels

Maritime software provider Innovez One will supply its ‘marineM’ digital platform for use in the Indonesian ports of Balikpapan and Belawan, after signing contracts with state-owned port services companies Pelindo I and Pelindo IV.

The marine job planner is a marine operating system (MOS) that is geared to optimise services for arriving and departing vessels such as allocating tug pilot and services boats.

The pair of ports will use the solution to digitise the entire pilotage process, automatically recording position and job information to capture precise and accurate operational data, and feed it into the billing process.

David Yeo, CEO and founder of Innovez One, said: “The Ports of Balikpapan and Belawan have become busier over the last year, and have recognised that in order to capitalise on this success, they need to digitalise and optimise the hundreds of pilot, tug and supply boat journeys that take place every day.

“With so many operations and jobs happening at once, and the necessity to respond to a dynamic and ever-changing schedule, ports need advanced artificial intelligence to help them optimise their activities. This not only saves time and speeds up operations, but can reduce fuel consumption and maintenance costs if boats can do more work while travelling shorter distances.”

He continued: “It also means that stakeholders up and down the supply chain can predict marine services operations further in advance and plan accordingly.”

With systems often relying on physical paper trails, whiteboards and excel sheets, digitalising these services unlocks a range of new opportunities, noted the software provider.

The ports are looking to use AIS and GPS to automatically log vessel activity, minimising errors in data capture, a process that will be facilitated by marineM.

Adhy Santoso, CEO of PT Innovez One Indonesia, stated: “As many ports in a similar situation are finding, it’s difficult to invest in developing a solution to do this for themselves – only a small minority of ports around the world can manage this digital transformation in house.”

The announcement comes at an important time for Pelindo, with Pelindo I, II, II and IV merging at the start of October into one entity, which covers the whole of Indonesia and is the eight largest terminal operator in the world.

The merger also resulted in the creation of a new sub-holding called PT Pelindo Jasa Maritim (Pelindo Marine Service), whose coverage area is the whole of Indonesia.

President director of PT Pelindo Jasa Maritim, Mr Prasetyadi, who was previously president director of Pelindo IV, added: “We’ve seen how marineM as a MOS has enabled a digital step-change for ports around the region and we are excited to work with Innovez One to make our marine operations smarter, more efficient and more transparent.

“The first and last mile of any maritime journey are some of the most complex to manage, and as we grow, the ability to handle these stages of the supply chain digitally is only going to become more important.”