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Pelindo III invests $8m on eight cranes

Pelindo III invests $8m on eight cranes
Indonesian state-owned port operator Pelindo III has invested IDR105bn ($8.2m) to bring in eight units of multiple-use fixed cranes starting from the beginning of February, local reports said.

“All of the equipment will be installed in seaports in our three working units. Four cranes will be placed at Gresik Port in East Java while two other units are destined for Batulicin Port in South Kalimantan. The remaining two cranes are for Lembar Port in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara,” Pelindo III spokesperson Edi Priyanto said.

Edi also said Pelindo had thoroughly assessed the functionality of the cranes. With multifunction capability, he said, the new fixed cranes can be used for the loading and unloading of shipping containers, wood logs and dry bulk cargo.

“Moreover, the new fixed crane is equipped with 20-feet and 40-feet container spreaders and grabs for wood logs and dry bulk cargo, as well as boom parks,” Edy added.He added that the procurement of the fixed cranes was expected to increase productivity at the three ports. Moreover, container flows at the ports had already shown significant increases, he said.

“In Lembar Port, the installation of two units of fixed cranes is aimed at increasing loading and unloading activities and anticipating increases in container flows,” said Edy.

Shipping volumes at Indonesia's smaller ports has been increasing and is set to rise still further under President Joko Widodo's Maritime Highway Plan. According to Pelindo figures, throughput at Lembar Port rose 32% to 27,080 teu in 2014 from 20,389 teu the previous year, while in Batulicin Port throughput saw a slight increase to 9,892 teu in 2014,  from 9,839 teu in the previous year, although it is expected to rise further in future.“

The procurement of two units of fixed cranes at Batulicin is to support container flows in the port. Batulicin, which is part of Kotabaru Port, has shown significant increases in its container flows,” said Edy.At the major port in the region Gresik, trace volume rose to 6.56m tons in 2014, up from 4.46m tons in the previous year. Meanwhile, the flow of dry bulk cargo in the port reached 97,490 tons in 2014, up from 80,430 in the previous year.