Big Business Four state-owned port companies are trying to restore the performance of containers and unloading that was disrupted due to restrictions in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. The President of PT Pelindo II (Persero), Arif Suhartono, said that the impact of the pandemic on port activities was not as bad as other business sectors, but that it still disturbed the results in the beginning of mid-2020.
According to him, weak economic activity has caused the volume of cargo and unloading in the 12 Pelindo II ports to fall by an average of 10-11 per cent, especially during the last four months. “Compared to the same period last year, that is why in the second half of the year we want to make sure that it will work smoothly,” he told Tempo at the House of Representatives complex, Jakarta, on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
Arif said that the management accelerated the entire plan to digitize the mooring facilities. The stop for ships at Pelindo II harbor is now arranged with inaportnet, an electronic portal that is integrated with state-owned systems. Users of loading and unloading services have also started using the e-service which includes registration services, booking, tracking of goods, payments and customer complaints.
“Originally it was implemented gradually, but then the transformation to digital went faster during the pandemic because physical contact was reduced,” he said. Although he has not described it, Arif confirmed that the company, known as the Indonesian Port Corporation (IPC), is holding back a number of expansion plans to sustain the economy in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis.
Spokesman for PT Pelindo III (Persero), Wilis Aji Wiranata, said that the company must also recycle container flows that fell 3 percent year by year, in the first semester of 2020. Ship visits to 17 Pelindo III ports were also registered 5 percent lower than last year realization.