12 March 2015, 09:15
Ports Terminal Limited has again taken another step to further its promise to delivery more efficiency in our port operations. Yesterday it commissioned two reach stackers that would improve the container stacking turnaround time in Port of Suva.
The OMEGA Reach Stackers were bought from Clark Equipment of Australia, with a total investment of FJD 2.2 million. This is part of its $5m investment for Port Terminal container handling equipment.
Ports Terminal chairman Hasmukh Patel said the management has taken various initiatives to increase the industry's efficiency and productivity through asset and technology investments.
"We are also in the process of investing another $2.2 million on 6 new Terminal Tractors," Mr Patel said. "The order has been already placed with Daysworth International of Australia and we expect these machines to arrive in March next year."
In addition, Ports Terminal will soon begin upgrading its lifting gear with the first lot being purchased from Bridon New Zealand Limited.
"We have already procured new VHF communication devices to uplift the quality of our services," Mr Patel said. "We are planning to provide a state of the art working facility to our employees to elevate their morale as part of our commitments towards their advancement and welfare. We have already embarked on the pricess of automating the entire operation. The new Terminal Operating System is already in place and this will move Port of Suva forward to the next level".
With all these improvements, PTL has managed to increase productivity by 70% in comparison to the productivity levels prior to July 2013, he added. The vessel turnaround times have improved dramatically and the berthing delays encountered previously have remarkably reduced. The majority of the vessels are now being berthed on arrival.
"In the concession agreement between the Government of Fiji nd Aitken Spence Group, Key Performance Indicators have been precisely set. These have to be achieved by Ports Terminal Ltd failing which, penalties will be imposed on Ports Terminal Limited. Our overall objective is not only to achieve the KPI's but to make Ports of Suva and Lautoka compatible to international standards and to increase the competitor advantage over our competitors. Our key focus and vision is to convert these pors with proficient facilities to provide highest level of services to its stakeholders and remain instrumental in contributing towards the nation's robust economy."