Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Repeat Order for Ship to Shore Cranes as Part of Bid to Reduce Logistics Costs

'Pendulum of the Archipelago' Scheme to Form One Freight Corridor
Shipping News Feature

INDONESIA – Finnish manufacturer Konecranes has recently received an order from PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) in Surabaya for three Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. The cranes will be delivered to the PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS), with whom Konecranes already has a service contract, at the end of 2016. When the cranes are in operation, a total of 7 Konecranes STS cranes and 16 Konecranes RTG cranes will be in operation handling freight and containers at TPS.

PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) is an important gateway to East Java. It has many shipping routes, and belongs to the Pendulum of the Archipelago, a central government project that is interlinking six major Indonesian seaports to form a single main sea corridor in the country. When operational, it is projected that the Pendulum of the Archipelago will cut the cost of domestic logistics by up to half. Mr. Husein Latief, Director, Technology, Pelindo III, said:

“We are deepening our cooperation with Konecranes as our container handling equipment supplier. We continue to see advantages in doing so, including in service support for our operations.”

The three Konecranes STS cranes on order are high-performance cranes with a lifting capacity of 60 tonnes and an outreach of 46 metres. The cranes will allow TPS to handle bigger vessels after the Surabaya West Access Channel improvement is complete. Janne Eklund, Konecranes’ Sales Manager APAC, Port Cranes, commented:

“This order shows that Pelindo III believes in Konecranes’ technology and ability to deliver projects on time. We are currently delivering two large Automated Stacking Crane (ASC) systems to Pelindo III, one to Lamong Bay Terminal in Surabaya with inauguration this May, and another consisting of Automated RTGs to PT Terminal Petikemas Semarang (TPKS) in Central Java.”