AN INNOVATION solutions company said the digitization of local port operations is key to ensuring port congestion is avoided as the holiday season comes.
In a statement on Friday, Australian company 1-Stop Connections Pty. Ltd. said its web-based port operations system Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) could be an instrumental tool in enforcing a seamless flow of cargo as it allows for easier coordination among port operators.
“As the Philippines seeks to grow its shipping sector, there is a need to increase port productivity through digitization. Since various stakeholders are involved in port operations, efficiency can only be achieved by streamlining processes and facilitating the sharing of vessel- and cargo-related information within the port community,” it said.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) earlier said it expects a “high single digits or low double digits” growth in overall cargo traffic by year’s end due to the influx of holiday cargoes.
1-Stop Connections said its TABS technology was able to help port operators International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) in decongesting the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and the Manila South Harbor in 2014, when it faced port congestion that led to economic losses.
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