PT Pelabuhan Indonesia IV (Persero) provided stimulus or relaxation to service users, especially for transhipment activities during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Director of Operations and Commercial of PT Pelindo IV, M. Adji, said the stimulus for the transhipment activity had been given by the Company since May 2020.
“In the first period, the stimulus was given from 1-3 days to 1 – 5 days. Then 1 – 5 days becomes 1 – 7 days and the transhipment container stacking period of 1 – 7 days becomes 1 – 14 days, “explained Adji.
He said, Pelindo IV has so far continued to carry out port service activities even though the Government has restricted community activities to control the spread of Covid-19.
According to him, until now port service activities including ship services, loading and unloading of goods and containers as well as passengers in all areas under the Company’s management are still running as usual.
“Especially for passenger services, it still follows the provisions issued by the Government and the provision of facilities and facilities follows the established health protocol (prokes). The work from home (WFH) arrangement is only applied to back office employees , ”said Adji.
In fact, he continued, the lockdown policy in several countries due to the new variant of the Corona Virus also did not really have an impact on the port sector, where export and import activities at the Port of Makassar, specifically the Makassar Container Terminal (TPM) and Kaltim Kariangau Terminal (KKT) in Balikpapan and the port. the goal is still running normally.
“International container loading and unloading activities are still running normally. This is illustrated by direct export activities in the Pelindo IV region which are still running normally and when compared to 2019, have increased both by ship call by 173.91%, “he said.
He said that in 2019, Pelindo IV’s direct export calls reached 46 ship calls . That number will increase to 80 call ships in 2020.
“In terms of international container throughput (TEU’s) also increased by 142.23%, from 21,566 TEU’s in 2019 to 30,674 TEU’s in 2020,” said Adji.
The Director of Operations and Commercial added that the increase in export-import activities was also due to the addition of new Main Line Operators (MLO), namely the Maersk Line Group at TPM and KKT, and Alfa Trans at KKT.
The five biggest commodities transported are seaweed, plywood, cashew skin, nickel seeds and cloves.
Ship Services Increased 8.6% YoY
Meanwhile, the Operations and Commercial Director also said that the Covid-19 Pandemic that occurred starting in the second quarter of 2020 did not have a significant impact on ship traffic at Pelindo IV.
“The great thing about ship service is that it has increased by 8.6% from 407 million gross tonnage (GT) in 2019 to 442 million GT in 2020,” said Adji.
Even so, he admitted that there was also a slight decrease in year on year (YoY), especially in the flow of containers which in 2020 reached 2.11 million TEU’s and decreased by 4.5% compared to the previous year which amounted to 2.22 million TEU’s.
“Likewise with the flow of goods. There was a slight decrease of 2.1%, from 53.3 million tonnes in 2019 to 52.2 million tonnes in 2020, “continued Adji.
“The most significant decline occurred in passenger services, which amounted to 56%, from 6.5 million people in 2019 to only 2.8 million people last year,” he said.
This condition is due to restrictions on community mobilization, and there are several areas in Papua that have imposed a lockdown, followed by PT PELNI which does not temporarily operate their ships.