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Rabu, 09 September 2020 18:31

Despite Pandemic, Teluk Lamong Terminal Throughput is Growing

Ayu Puji


Terminal Teluk Lamong (TTL), a subsidiary of Pelindo III, strives to maintain logistic flow’s continuity and applies 24/7 best performance services by implementating strict health protocols during Covid-19 pandemic.

These efforts generate a great result. In the first six month of 2020, total container’s loading and unloading production (throughput) counted on 334,456 TEUs. This number show 4% growth compared to the same period in 2019.

Dry bulk unloading production also increases 6.9% into 1,624,170 tons than the first six month last year. Pandemic effect will be perceptible for Terminal Teluk Lamong in the beginning of second semester on 2020.

Container production’s enhancement is noticeable in domestic and international route. Compared to the previous year, total production average is about 4% per month.

This percentage shows that logistic flows escalates in the middle of pandemic era. International route makes 46,5% and 54,5% for domestic container production. Positive growth creates a hope; there is a chance in spite of pandemic.

Stenven H. Lesawengan, Chairperson of Indonesian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) Surabaya Chapter, illustrated the production growth at Tanjung Perak Port, especially Terminal Teluk Lamong, as a fresh breeze for logistic businesses. “Such an interesting phenomena, Terminal Teluk Lamong stay awake in this pandemic era,” he said.

Steven defines toward Korea route which significantly escalates up to 100% than 2019. “Heung A, one of shipping lines, has an outstanding grow up more than 100% in 2020, seeing that Korean economic sector improves,” he explained.

Steven expresses appreciation to Pelindo III by way of its ports and subsidiaries, vessel queuing matter is all over. Pelindo III turns up its facilities, infrastructures and operational service for customer importance.

“Shipping lines gratitude to Pelindo III efforts in order to give us zero waiting time,” Steven appriciated. Terminal Teluk Lamong’s existence be the main factor to solve vessel queuing problem in Tanjung Perak Port.

Separately, Martina Hartanto, Managing Director of PT Hijau Abadi Logistik as Heung A’s shipping agent, informed that Heung A represent a positive production through this pandemic compared to last year's period.

Production grew significantly, especially in June compared to the same month of 2019. Generally, container flow was affected by this Covid-19 pandemic, total production is still growing due to several shipping companies experiencing significant production results.

Arief Yarmanto, Corporate Secretary of Teluk Lamong Terminal, confirmed of production growth in several international and domestic shipping lines during the pandemic. "Several international and domestic shipping grew in the first semester, and surely TTL really appreciates this," Arief said.

Terminal Development

In the second phase of terminal development, Arief revealed, Teluk Lamong is expanding its phase III’s container yard by 5 blocks with a capacity of 500,000 TEUs per year and an extension of the container wharf 150 meters for International and Domestic.

So in the future, TTL will have a total of 15 stacking yard blocks (capacity of 1.5 million TEUs per year) and 650 meters of international container wharf and 600 meters of Domestic container wharf. Expansion of container yard and extension of container wharf are prepared to provide excellent service to serve users, given the ever-increasing growth of container volumes.

Like containers, the flow of dry bulk production has also experienced significant growth. In the first semester of this year, there was an increase in volume of 105,426 ton compared to the same period in 2019. The increase in dry bulk flows can be seen in at least two things, namely an increase in volume and market behavior changes (customer).

The number of volumes is clearly seen to have increased significantly compared to 2019. Facilities and equipment’s integration  in TTL for dry bulk services has prompted several customers to change their loading and unloading patterns.

Previously, the cargo was unloaded at several terminals (ports), turned into a single port (all cargo was unloaded on one terminal). This led to a doubling of the unloaded volume at the TTL.

Arief also guarantees of TTL continues to innovate and develop in order to improve services and facilities to customers. Optimizing the use of technology applications and adding facilities that make it easy for customers are the top priorities of Terminal Teluk Lamong. (hlz/hlz)