ICTSI South Pacific International
Container Terminal (SPICT) has
commenced operations at the Lae
Tidal Basin (LTB) in Lae, Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
This is coming seven months
after the terminal operator
dumped the Lekki seaport project
in Nigeria due to prolonged
delays in its take off.
“The parties arrived at this
decision following delays in
the execution of the Lekki Port
Project,” ICTSI said in a press
release on May 26, 2017.
ICTSI first signed up for the
Lekki project in 2012.
Shortly after announcing its
withdrawal from Nigeria, SPICT,
a subsidiary of ICTSI received
an approval from Papua New
Guinea to commence operation in
the Oceania country.
As part of its concession
agreement, SPICT will begin
the transition by rolling out the
terminal’s new operating system,
Navis N4.
The system, the first of its kind
in PNG, is expected to quickly
streamline the flow of information
at Lae’s international container
terminal and increase seaside
and landside productivity levels.
ICTSI South Pacific’s investment
in IT systems and infrastructure is
expected to exceed PGK 3 million
(around USD 930,000) this year,
the terminal operator said.
As part of its operational ramp
up, SPICT will be rolling out the
system’s modules and orienting
port users at Lae while handling
all international cargo at the LTB
and the dedicated second berth in
Lae old wharf.
It is expected that a full suite
of modules will be operational
and ready in time for the arrival
of SPICT’s mobile harbor cranes
(MHCs) in April. The MHCs will
further boost productivity levels
at Lae and deliver improved
vessel handling capabilities,
according to the company.
“We believe that the benefits
of automating processes and
information flow will accrue to
each and every one of the ports
users very quickly. We anticipate
further benefits from delivering
the MHCs to the site and look
forward to seeing a continuous
improvement in operations at
SPICT from the deployment of
the TOS to achieving the first
MHC move in the near term.”
Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI head
of Asia Pacific, commented.
In 2017, ICTSI signed a 25-year
terminal operations agreement
with state-owned PNG Ports
Corp. Limited (PNGPCL), for the
Port of Lae – the largest container
handling facility in PNG source:

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