The National, Tuesday 21st August, 2012
MODERN technology acquired by PNG Ports Corporation Ltd is set to boost operations at its major ports of Lae and Port Moresby.
Modern machinery, customised information communication and technology solutions and the implementation of a terminal operating system are seen as the answer for effective and efficient port operations to cater for the forecasted increase in trade through the major ports.
The corporation’s initiative to buy and deploy offshore mobile harbour cranes (MHC) and rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) complete with modern terminal operating systems (TOS) will create efficient operations at the ports with the aim to minimise storage congestion and cut ship turnaround times.
The MHCs and RTGs are being trialled in Lae and Port Moresby with full operations to start once training of operators, commercial arrangements and insurance matters are in place.
The RTGs, standing at 31.75m tall, 13.2m wide and 26.67m in length, will revolutionise the way in which containers are stacked in the port.
They have proved that containers can be stacked in an orderly manner, six containers high and five containers wide.
Corporation chief executive officer Stanley Alphonse said: “This is truly exciting times for the corporation as it has taken practical steps to deliver on its promise to improve operational efficiency with ship-to-shore productivity.”
Alphonse said the corporation had also strategized to increase yard utilisation and providing a fit for purpose land support infrastructure for trade enabling authorities such as clearing agents and logistical service providers to effectively carryout their roles within the ports.
The corporation’s key stakeholders are encouraged to support these initiatives and help with the efficient and faster delivery of goods and services to the people of the country.