*Mohammad Adji (left) and Alexy Redotove, Captain of Balthasar Schulte
IPC Container Terminal (IPC TPK) Panjang will procure one quay container crane (QCC) this year in a bid to support loading unloading process at this terminal, following the calls of some big containership run by world’s leading shipping lines.
For this facility, IPC TPK will invest more than Rp 120 billion, around USD8.3 million with exchange rate of 14,326/dollar, IPC TPK top executives have said.
“We will invest one QCC worth Rp 120 billion this year,” IPC TPK President Director Mohammad Adji told Indonesia Shipping Gazette on the sideline of inauguration of first call of Balthasar Schulte (a 4,250 TEUS containership with LOA of 261m) on Monday, March 25.
“They (shipping lines) have deployed those big vessels to this terminal. We have to response through improvement of our facilities,” he said, adding that in addition to procurement of QCC, IPC TPK Panjang will also improve other facilities.
“In addition, the corporate has also invested in provision of CFS (container freight station) inside the port,” IPC TPK Operation Director Heru Satrio said earlier.
As reported earlier, World’s leading shipping line Maersk Line, through its subsidiary Sealand, has just opened new service from Panjang called Intra-Asia One (IA1). It would directly ship from Panjang to North East Asia regions, covering the ports in Russia, China, Korea, and other countries in East Asia and Asean countries as well.
Starting with the call of MV Northen Defender, on Monday, March 11, another bigger vessel Balthasar Schulte (a 4,250 TEUS containership with LOA of 261m) then called on Monday March 25, proving the commitment of Sealand to deploy bigger and bigger vessels for this route.
Another big player that has just opened direct call in March is the direct call of CMA CGM, from Panjang to Singapore. CMA CGM’s feeder service will route Singapore – Jakarta – Panjang- Singapore.
IPC TPK Panjang has actually improved its infrastructure and facilities. Its berth has actually been deepened to -11.5m LWS, accessible for vessels bigger than Balthasar Schulte.
The process of loading and unloading also run faster as expected, less than 24 hours for those big vessels.
IPC TPK Panjang Suswantoro affirmed it, saying it needs only seven hours to load and unload more than 300 to 400 boxes from those big vessels.
However, he noted that continuous improvement, including procurement of new facilities, is needed to anticipate the increasing volume and more bigger vessels to come.
But Suswantoro revealed that for the time being, no need for IPC TPK Panjang to extend its berth and container yard.
TPK Panjang yearly capacity reaches 500,000 TEUS, while the yearly throughput is more than 130,000 TEUS/year.
“The berth and yard are still adequate. So, no need for extension at this time,” said Suswantoro.